St. Mary’s County Historical Society

Exhibits

The St. Mary's County Historical Society Museum

The Society is the repository of a unique collection of Maryland memorabilia. These museum pieces are displayed on the first floor of Tudor Hall and in the Old Jail.

Tudor Hall treats the visitor to colonial architecture within the building itself. The unusual features of the house are the inset portico and beautiful hanging staircase in the main hall. This wide hall led through the house and down into the garden and a yew tree where members of the Barnes family are suspected to have been buried. The curving stairway led up to the second floor with its eight bedrooms, six with fireplaces. It is known that George Washington visited Tudor Hall to purchase grain. Other features include the kitchen with its triple fireplace, a much used back stairs, the captain's walk on the roof, and the "ha-ha" wall to contain grazing animals. Many early furniture and accessory pieces, donated to the Society, are on display.