Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

American Indian style house in a forest setting.
A re-created American Indian village reflects the Park's archeological focus.

Will Parson

Quick Facts
Calvert County, MD
National Register of Historic Places

Beach/Water Access, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Maps Available, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Picnic Shelter/Pavilion, Picnic Table, Recreational Field, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Restroom - Family, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is in Calvert County, Maryland and expands for 560-acres along the shoreline of the Patuxent River. The site itself is a very important archaeological site in the Chesapeake Bay region and explores the 10,000+ years’ worth of history on the property. Numerous archaeological digs and excavations have been performed on-site with the oldest evidence of human use dating back to 7500 BC. The site also saw use during the War of 1812 with the Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek, the largest naval battle fought in Maryland.

The park itself was donated to Maryland in 1983 by the Patterson Family, one of the largest land donations ever received by the state. Since then, the site has been open for public use and recreation, offering miles of hiking trails, educational and interpretive exhibits, view access of the Patuxent River, and many yearly events.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Chesapeake Bay , Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Last updated: June 27, 2024