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History and fun this weekend in St. Mary’s County

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Release of the Prisoners of War at Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County this weekend, June 13 and 14, with plenty of family events and fun.

PointLookoutSoldiers at Point Lookout. Photo by Bob Crickenberger, Friends of Point LookoutExplore a little-known piece of Civil War history at the living history event, “The Final Prisoners of War Release at Point Lookout,” and at other Civil War sites. Point Lookout has of one of the largest prison camps for Confederate soldiers with numerous monuments and amazing stories off the beaten path.

Dubbed Blue & Gray Days, the event will be held Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities Include:

  • Living History Programs
  • Infantry & Artillery Demonstrations
  • Release of Prisoner of War Ceremony
  • Saturday Evening Program featuring Ross Kimmel, co-author of “I Am Busy Drawing Pictures” The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser, prisoner of war at Point Lookout

Admission to Point Lookout State Park on weekends is $5 per person for Maryland residents, $7 per person for non-Maryland residents.

Other Civil War sites to visit in St. Mary’s County include:

  • Fort Lincoln and the Civil War Museum at Point Lookout State Park
  • Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery
  • The Monument to Confederate Soldiers
  • The U.S. Colored Troops Memorial Monument
  • Sotterley Plantation and Maryland Civil War Trails Sites

More family fun in St. Mary’s

There are also several other family friendly events planned in St. Mary’s County that weekend including:

St. Mary’s Crab Festival on June 13, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Fairgrounds. There will be steamed hard crabs, soft crabs, crab cakes, crab soups and other seafood dishes for purchase. A car & bike show, regional crafters, live music and children’s activities will also be part of the festivities. Admission is $5 and free for kids 11 and younger.

St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day, June 13 at 10 a.m. With Blackistone Lighthouse tours, presenters and demonstrations related to island history.


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