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The Maryland Dove

A replica of the Dove, one of two ships that carried the colonists to St. Mary's City, is on display at St. Mary's City. The Maryland Dove was constructed in the 1970s to serve as an educational exhibit and traveling historical reminder of Maryland's settlement.

The Maryland Dove is a full-scale operating replica of the ship that carried supplies for the 1634 expedition. Settlers arrived on the passenger ship, the Ark. Both ships sailed from the Isle of Wight on November 22, 1633. They were soon separated at sea, but came back together six weeks later at Barbados. The ships stopped in Virginia before arriving at St. Clement's Island on March 25, 1634. In August 1635, the Dove set sail for England loaded with beaver pelts and timber. She never arrived in England and was presumed lost in a North Atlantic storm. The replica of the Dove was built on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore in 1975, using many 17th-century methods and tools. The keel was laid in June 1977 and the ship was commissioned in 1978.

Hours of operation for Historic St. Mary's City are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from March 22 through the end of November. The exhibits are also open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The museum's Visitor Center and archaeology exhibit hall are open, Wednesday through Sunday, throughout the year; cosed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission to the museum is $6.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (60 and over) and students (13-18 and college ID); and $3.25 for children (6-12). Group rates and guided group tours are also available.

Directions: From the Capital Beltway in Maryland, take exit 7 (Md. Route 5) south approximately 70 miles to St. Mary's City.

Historic St. Mary's City, St. Mary's City Commission, Box 39, St. Mary's City, MD 20686. Telephone: 301-862-0990 or 1-800-SMC-1634.