ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MARYLAND

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    [County Seal, St. Mary's County, Maryland] Origin: What would become St. Mary's County was land where the Conoy Indians lived. Here, the settlement of Lord Baltimore's Maryland began with the arrival of the passengers who had set sail on the Ark and the Dove from Cowes, England, on November 22, 1633. They landed at St. Clement's Island in the Potomac River on the southwestern side of present-day St. Mary's County on March 25, 1634. The date of their landing is commemorated annually as Maryland Day.

    Established in 1637 (probably by an order of the Governor), St. Mary's, the first Maryland county, was named in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus.


    [photo, Courthouse, 41605 Court House Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland] Boundaries: Bounded north & west by Charles County & Wicomico River; northeast by Chesapeake Bay & Patuxent River; south & southwest by Potomac River.
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    County Seat: Leonardtown, MD 20650
    Form of Government: County Commissioners
    Population: 1990 census: 75,974; 2000 census: 86,211; 2010 census: 105,151

    Courthouse, 41605 Court House Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland, May 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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    websites:
    Circuit Court: www.mdcourts.gov/courtsdirectory/stmarys.html
    College of Southern Maryland (Leonardtown campus): www.csmd.edu
    County Attorney: www.stmarysmd.com/countyattorney/index.asp
    County Commissioners: www.stmarysmd.com/bocc.asp
    County Government: www.stmarysmd.com/government.asp
    County Government Directory: www.stmarysmd.com/contactdirectory.asp
    District Court: www.mdcourts.gov/district/directories/courtmap.html#STMARYS
    Economic & Community Development Dept.: www.stmarysmd.com/ded/
    Elections Board: www.stmarysmd.com/supervisorofelections/
    Emergency Communications: www.stmarysmd.com/emergencycomm/index.asp
    Finance Dept.: www.stmarysmd.com/finance/index.asp
    Health Dept.: www.smchd.org
    Housing Authority: www.stmarysmd.com/housing/index.asp
    Human Resources Dept.: www.stmarysmd.com/hro/index.asp
    Job Service: www.dllr.state.md.us/county/stmarys/
    Land Use & Growth Management Dept.: www.stmarysmd.com/lugm/
    Library: www.stmalib.org/
    Public Information Office: www.stmarysmd.com/pio
    Public Schools: www.smcps.k12.md.us
    Public Works & Transportation Dept.: www.stmarysmd.com/dpw
    Recreation & Parks: www.stmarysmd.com/recreate
    Register of Wills: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/stmarys.html
    St. Mary's County: www.stmarysmd.com
    Sheriff: www.firstsheriff.com
    Social Services Dept.: http://dhr.maryland.gov/local-offices/st-marys-county/
    Southern Maryland Higher Education Center: www.smhec.org
    Tourism Division: www.visitstmarysmd.com

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