Charles County, Maryland

Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway

Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway

Charles County is 30 miles south of Washington, D.C. The Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway links together significant historic buildings, landscapes, & waterways in Charles & St. Mary's Counties to present the story of the first government in Colonial America to introduce the concepts of religious tolerance and separation of church and state. The sites listed below are some of the locations in Charles County. We recommend you contact each location for up to date information about hours of operation.

Byway Anchor Sites:
1) General Smallwood State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Rd, Marbury, 301-743-7613,

2) Mallows Bay, Western Shore




3) Chiles Homesite Trail, 9699 Riverside Rd, Nanjemoy, https://www.wm.edu/sites/wmcar/research/chiles/index.php

4) Christ Episcopal Church - Old Durham Parish, Ironsides Rd, Nanjemoy, 301-743-7099, www.christchurcholddurhamparish.com

5) Mount Carmel Monastery, 5678 Mount Carmel Rd, La Plata



6) St. Ignatius Catholic Church,
8855 Chapel Point Rd,
 Port Tobacco, 301-934-8245




7) Christ Episcopal Church - Wayside, https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchWaysideMD

Byway Interpretive Site: Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Rd, Port Tobacco, 301-392-1776, www.nps.gov/thst/index.htm

Local towns: Nanjemoy, Port Tobacco, La Plata, Indian Head, Popes Creek, Cobb Island