Southern Maryland Online - Serving Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's Counties; 
	Naval Air Station Patuxent River; Naval Surface Warfare Center. Click here to go to the 
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Southern Maryland is steep in American history. European settlers first arrived on St. Clement's Island in March 1634 aboard the Ark and Dove sailing ships. As the settlers spread inland, they carried their strong Catholic Christian beliefs with them. For this reason, the tri-county area is populated with many historic churches dating back to the 1600's. Many of the churches bear great religious and historic significance. For example, the Mount Carmel Monastery in La Plata was the first monastery of religious women in Colonial America. The St. Ignatius Church in Port Tobacco is the nation's oldest active parish with a continual pastorate.

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Southern Maryland was one of the first colonial settlements. As such, it is steep in culture and history. Many fine books have been written about our local history. This is the only on-line location where you will find most of them.

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