Religious Freedom Byway

National Scenic BywayMaryland

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  • The View from St. Ignatius Church/St. Thomas Manor at Chapel Point

    Much as it looked like when the church was founded in 1641, the view from St. Ignatius Church and St. Thomas Manor, from the 120-foot bluff, overlooks the mouth of the Port Tobacco River and the various headstones in the church graveyard.

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  • Blackistone Lighthouse Rising up from St. Clement's Island

    The stark white, reconstructed lighthouse appears almost exactly as it did in 1851 and recaptures some of the colonial history of St. Clement’s Island, which is covered with lush green vegetation and topped with a wide blue sky.

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  • Celebrating the Maritime Heritage Festival at Historic St. Mary's City

    Aboard a sailing vessel, actors and actresses in period costumes recount maritime tales, sing chanteys, and engage visitors in hands-on activities.

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  • Looking Through Headstones Toward St. Ignatius Church

    Weathered headstones dot the grounds surrounding the St. Ignatius Church, the nation’s oldest active parish with a continual pastorate.

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  • Smallwood Retreat House at Smallwood State Park

    Exemplifying early manor sites during the settlement period, this red-and-gray-brick home, enclosed by leafy foliage, became home to General Smallwood.

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  • View from Friendship Farm Park

    The view from Friendship Farm Park is one of the finest in Southern Maryland, and it provides a very similar view to what early settlers would have seen-- lush greens and meandering waters-- from the bluff overlooking the Tobacco River.

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  • Visiting the St. Ignatius Church

    Over the wire fence, St. Ignatius Church attracts a group of people who are interested in the building's stained glass windows and one of the oldest cemeteries in America.

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  • The Front Porch of St. Clement's Island Museum

    Bursting blooms and a colorful bird statue decorate the base of the small yet delightful museum overlooking the Potomac River.

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