April 22, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

First Friday: April 2 in Leonardtown

First Fridays open up Leonardtown, MD, for a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertaining evening. This Friday the town’s business community will be open April 2 from 5 to 8 pm. Stop by to Sip, Shop, & Hop!

Leonardtown 1st Friday: March 5

First Fridays open up Leonardtown, MD, for a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertaining evening. This Friday, the town’s business community will be open March 5, 5 to 8 pm.

Moll Dyer Rock Moved to Tudor Hall

Moll Dyer

The St. Mary’s County Historical Society held a virtual unveiling ceremony of the relocated Moll Dyer Rock on Feb. 26, 2021, at Tudor Hall in Leonardtown.

Show Leonardtown Some Love

Leonardtown

Since it’s February, Leonardtown is lookin’ for love. Join the town’s business community for its “Lovin’ Leonardtown” First Friday celebration.

Steamboats Key to Local SoMD Oyster Industry

The Chesapeake Bay region became the nation’s center for harvesting, processing, packing, and shipping oysters during the 19th century. This was especially true in waterfront towns on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that had railroad access. In St. Mary’s County, oyster packers got a later start.

SMECO Employees Raise Funds for Hospitals

SMECO Hospital Donation

Three area hospitals recently received donations from Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative to support the hospitals’ care providers and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entwined Histories of Lex Park & Lady Lex

Lexington Park began as a single housing project, named for the Lexington, the Navy’s first really big aircraft carrier. The ship went down in 1942, before the housing project was completed, and in 2018 was found two miles deep on the floor of the Pacific.

The Taking of Pearson: 1942

Pearson

In 1942, the US government, by its right of eminent domain, confiscated a large area of the Eighth District of St. Mary’s County, MD, to be used by the US Navy as a test facility for aircraft. The government bought 6,412 acres for $712,287 consisting of 113 land tracts and home to 230 families. Somewhere within that 6,412 acres was Pearson — but where exactly?

The Rise of Lexington Park

Many residents in the north of St. Mary’s County assumed Pax River was a temporary, war-time arrangement, but Jack Daugherty, a Marine pilot stationed at the Pax at the end of the war, and other ex-Navy personnel thought otherwise, and decided to stay.

Naval Aviation in Wartime Pax River

A lot more than naval aviation was going on around Southern Maryland during World War II. Bob Tourville of the Pax River Naval Air Museum has photos and footage to prove it — flying boats, drones from the 1940s, and blimps retrieving torpedoes in the Potomac River.