St. Mary’s County Historical Society

Welcome to SMCHS

The Saint Mary's County Historical Society is located in Tudor Hall in downtown Leonardtown, Maryland.
Street Address: 41680 Tudor Place
Tudor Hall is an important 18th century house in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Of the Georgian architecture, it is the oldest building in Leonardtown. Tudor Hall was built by the Barnes family, either Abraham or his son, Richard, both of whom were active in the American Revolution. The name Tudor Hall was given to the house by a 19th century owner, Henry G.S. Key, a cousin of Francis Scott Key.
Normal Hours of Operation
Business Office and Tours
Wednesday thru Friday    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Research Center Open
Thursday, and Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
 2nd and 4th Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Call 301-475-2467
If you are a current member of the
St. Mary's County Historical Society and have an email address, please send us an email to  
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Saint Mary's County Historical Society, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) 


Tobacco Culture Program

DVD Available Now!
A DVD of the Tobacco Culture program sponsored by the Society in May, as part of its "Ordinary People ... Extraordinary Accomplishments" series, is now available from the Society bookstore at $10.00 per disk.  Members will receive a 10% discount. Enjoy this wonderful program! Also, remember that the DVD's of the 2014 Bootleggers' Bash program are also available for $10.00.

Chronicles Go Digital

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s, published quarterly by the St. Mary’s County Historical Society since 1953, has gone digital.  Members of the Society receive complimentary issues of the Chronicles from the date of their joining the Society.  Individual issues may be purchased by non-members at $4.00 each at the Society’s bookstore in Tudor Hall, Leonardtown.
During the past two years, Society board member, Pete Himmelheber, scanned every issue since 1953.  Researchers and visitors to the Society’s Research Center at Tudor Hall may review the issues online and make copies for a slight fee.  The searchable subject and author index to the Chronicles may be used through the Society’s website at   A membership application for the Society may be downloaded from the website.
Remaining paper copies of the Chronicles, and some of the remaining bound volumes, may be purchased at the Society through the month of May. The more copies purchased reduces the per issue cost. 
Any questions regarding this exciting project may be referred the Society’s Executive Director, Susan Wolfe, at either 301-475-2467 or  

Historical Postcard Book

New Book on Historical St. Mary's County Postcards


Society member, Karen Grubber, is the author of the latest release from Arcadia Publishing regarding St. Mary's County.  Entitled St. Mary's County, the book is part of Arcadia's Postcard History Series.

Karen is a county native, local history buff, and postcard collector.  


She shares her family's collection of over 180 vintage postcards, including never-before-published images of cherished landmarks and bygone days.





Other Arcadia books featuring St. Mary's County include Society member Linda Reno's

St. Mary's County; Jeanne Pirtle's Sotterley Plantation; and Mark Chambers' Naval Air Station Patuxent River, are part of the publisher's Images of America series.  Maryland-wide titles featuring books on lighthouses, boats, and other topics unique to Maryland are also available.


            These books are in the Society's research collections.  They are available for sale through the Arcadia Publishing website at as well as through  

Tudor Hall. Home of the SMCHS
Tudor Hall ca. 1746
 Home of the St. Mary's County Historical Society
St. Mary's County has been making history since the Ark and Dove arrived here from England in March, 1634. Maryland was the 4th successful English colony in what was to become the United States and St Mary's is known as the Mother County of Maryland.
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The St. Mary's County Historical Society, which was established in 1951, strives to identify, collect, and preserve materials of any kind related to the history of this area.
Find and follow your roots and history back to 1634.
We hope your time here will be enjoyable and fruitful.