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Historic St Mary's City

is located on St Mary's River, down Maryland Route 5,
to Rosecroft Road.

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Smith's Ordinary

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This building is known as Smith's Ordinary. Garret VanSweringen purchased the Ordinary in December 1672 and began major renovations, he doubled the size, added plastered walls and decorative tiles. Garret operated the Ordinary until early 1677.

The Council House

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Garrett Van Sweringen was one of the more durable characters of St. Mary's City during the capital years. A Dutch immigrant from Delaware, Van Sweringen operated an exclusive lodging house in St. Mary's City which catered to the elite. Van Sweringen served as alderman and mayor of the city and was one of the most enterprising entrepreneurs in early Maryland.

Van Sweringen Exhibit opened 26 April 2008

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