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Maryland Haunted Attractions: St. Mary's County Ghosts

Updated on May 25, 2012
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Haunted Southern Maryland

Maryland was one of the first settled states in the United States, so naturally one would think that it might be a haunted place. If you've thought that Southern Maryland is haunted, you are indeed right! With it's twisting, windy roads, and its centuries-old farms and estates, Southern Maryland is a hotspot for paranormal activity...specifically St. Mary's County. With a rich history of 17th century colonists in St. Mary's City, bloody battles between Catholics and Protestants, and miscellaneous Civil War events, St. Mary's County is probably one of the most haunted counties in the state of Maryland. That's not even mentioning all of the historic Native American sites and dilapidated cemeteries.

West St. Mary's Manor
West St. Mary's Manor
Reconstructed Yaocomaco Hamlet
Reconstructed Yaocomaco Hamlet
Van Sweringen's Inn
Van Sweringen's Inn

Maryland Haunted Attractions: Haunted St. Mary's City, MD

St. Mary's City is a Maryland haunted attraction. The capital of St. Mary's County is St. Mary's City and with good reason. St. Mary's City was the first settlement in the county, established in the year of 1634 by a group of English colonists. St. Mary's City was actually the first capital of Maryland, until it was moved by force of Protestants to Annapolis in the late seventeenth century. The colonists who founded St. Mary's City were actually a mix of Catholics and protestants and generally would have been expected to be in turmoil, had it not been for the Calverts' establishment of freedom of religion in St. Mary's City (the Calverts were the family who inherited a land right by the King of England in St. Mary's County, MD.) Later in the seventeenth century would come the religious turmoil, ending the heyday of St. Mary's City...literally forcing the settlers to abandon the city completely.

But I won't bore you too much with the history of St. Mary's City, MD, but I will say that it is one of Maryland's haunted attractions and is located in St. Mary's County. Fortunately today haunted St. Mary's City is one of the most well-known archaeological sites in the country, as much of its original buildings are still intact and below ground...just waiting to be uncovered.

With such a thick history, it's no wonder that St. Mary's City, MD is a haunted location. Each Halloween a ghostly tour is given of St. Mary's City. Seventeenth century colonists have been known to be seen on paths throughout the historic city, making it one of Southern Maryland's haunted attractions. Maybe you'll run into the ghost of a Yaocomaco Native...who have since all died off by European disease and other unspeakable things. There are even reconstructed woodland hamlets, in which many people have felt the goosebumps on their arms and chills on the backs of their necks due to paranormal goings-on.

Or you can visit the abandoned Van Sweringen's Inn in St. Mary's City, another of Southern Maryland's haunted attractions. Unexplainable cold spots and voices have been experienced in the haunted inn. Many more ghostly tales can accompany these when it comes to St. Mary's City being one of Maryland's haunted attractions.


Southern Maryland Haunted Attractions: Summerseat Farm, MD

Isn't it funny how you can live somewhere for almost 20 years and not know about a really special place? I was raised in Mechanicsville, MD, located in haunted St. Mary's County, MD and lived there for about nineteen years of my life. I never once heard of Summerseat Farm...or that it was a haunted farm. Summerseat Farm's first land records date back to the early seventeenth century, making it one of the oldest farms in existence in the United States.

Summerseat has seen its share of change and turmoil, including more than one of its owners' deaths. One owner died in the Civil War and is buried right on the property in the Summerseat Family Cemetery! Haunted Summerseat Farm is located on Three Notch Road in the heart of Mechanicsville, just down the way from Oakville Elementary School. It's set back from the road, so most people don't even notice that it's there...but the ghost hunters do! Haunted Summerseat is perhaps one of the most beautiful and interesting of Maryland's haunted attractions, though most people don't visit Summerseat because of its ghostly history.

Some of the ghost stories circulating about haunted Summerseat Farm include a swinging rosary necklace on a bedpost, sheets and blankets that get pulled off of the visitors at night, and lights being inexplicably turned on and off. When the local ghost hunters spent a few hours of one night trying to make contact with the spirits in this Maryland haunted attraction, they had a difficult time getting the ghosts to talk to them. One of the ghost hunters even challenged the Summerseat ghosts by saying that they "couldn't even turn on a flashlight". However, once they went to pull their vehicles out of haunted Summerseat's driveway, a light was turned on in an upstairs room without any explanation at all.

Summerseat Farm is always taking volunteers to help out on the farm (they even have buffalo!) and they also take volunteers for photography and more! If you live in the area of haunted Summerseat Farm and are serious about helping out, look them up and give them a call. This is one of the Maryland haunted attractions that is also a beautiful place to work.

Touching Moll Dyer Rock
Touching Moll Dyer Rock | Source

Haunted Leonardtown, MD: Moll Dyer

I was born in Leonardtown, MD and went to college in Leonardtown, MD for a short period of time. Leonardtown, MD is one of the Maryland haunted attractions and is one of my favorites.

Probably the most popular of the haunted Leonardtown lore is the story of the witch, Moll Dyer. There is a road named after this woman, who is said to have lived in haunted Leonardtown in the late 1600s. Moll Dyer lived in a cottage in the woods, all by herself and was of course accused of being a witch like so many other lonely old women during those times. The people of Leonardtown were said to have lit her house on fire one night, with Moll Dyer escaping and running into the forest away from the angry crowd. It was snowing that night, and her body was found halfway frozen to a rock the next morning. That rock is known as the Moll Dyer rock and is located in front of one of Leonardtown's buildings to this day.

Moll Dyer Road in haunted Leonardtown is said to be haunted by Moll Dyer. Some people have reported seeing a misty substance floating along the road and then suddenly disappearing. Others have seen a white phantom dog running up and down the road. Is there a connection between Moll Dyer's ghost and the ghostly white dog? We may never know...

This popular witch legend of haunted Leonardtown is what makes this town one of Southern Maryland's haunted attractions. You can see Moll Dyer's rock for yourself, it now sits in front of the St. Mary's County Historical Society Building that used to be the old jailhouse for haunted St. Mary's County.

Written and copyrighted ©, Kitty the Dreamer, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Map of Haunted Southern Maryland

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A markermoll dyer road, leonardtown, md -
Moll Dyer Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650, USA
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This is the road where Moll Dyer lived before her death.

B markerHaunted Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville, MD -
26655 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659, USA
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C markerHaunted, Historic St. Mary's City, MD -
St Marys City, MD, USA
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  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Amy - Oh Yes, I'm sure there are many ghosts on that side of the Bay as well! So much history in much to explore! Thanks for reading and let me know if you see any apparitions on your next visit!

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    Amy Lynn Evans 3 years ago

    Intriguing, indeed! I wasn't aware of so many hauntings in St Mary's County and am feeling an immediate need for a road trip! I live almost directly across the Bay, in Dorchester County. The Eastern Shore has multiple haunted historical locations as well. I've been to several sites in Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties where Spirits/ apparitions are or have been known to be quite active. Paranormal activity, for some reason, seems to escalate near the water. The first recorded settlement of Native Americans on The Shore was in the early 1600's(I believe?) However, we know they were here long before that and many Tribes/Bands are still active today. When you spend time getting to know the lay of the land, the marshy-muddy tidal waterways, these thin, narrow places where the water laps up against the shoreline, sometimes we are fortunate to see spirits who walked this path before we did.

    Thank you, kittythedreamer, for your post on St. Mary's County's Hauntings. When the weather breaks I will be sure to make that trek across the bay!

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    DrBill-WML-Smith - Awesome! I've always enjoyed it too. Thanks for reading!

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    William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

    We really enjoyed our visit to Historic St. Mary's City. Enjoy writing historical fiction based there. Thanks for sharing some new insights! ;-)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Paradise7 - There is definitely more to the Moll Dyer story than we probably will ever know. Many people have looked for documentation of the tragedy, but haven't found anything because the St. Mary's County records went up in a fire in the 1800s unfortunately. We lost a lot of our historical records in the fire. :( Thanks for stopping by and you're right, the white dog might be her familiar indeed.

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    Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Interesting. I like the Moll Dyer story; I think there might be more to it. The phantom white dog is also a classic, and might be her familiar.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Nell - I know! How frightening is that? And you're right, the rock is haunted...I guess I forgot to mention that important fact in the story above! LOL. I'll have to add it. Thanks!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi, another great ghost hub, loved this! if I stayed anywhere and something pulled the covers off I would shoot out that door like the hounds of hell were after me! and that poor lady, maybe the rock is haunted? great stuff! voted up!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    onegreenparachute - Me too! :) Thanks so much.

    Seeker7 - It's so weird because I hated it as a child and a teenager, but now that I'm all grown-up I miss the beauty of it in ways that I never thought I would. The history there is fantastic! Thanks for reading & voting, as always. ;)

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Another awesome hub Kitty and one about Maryland! I say that, because any time I've watched documentaries or seen photographs of Maryland, there has always been something very appealing to me about the landscape and the towns/cities. It is a very beautiful place and the history is fascianting! St. Mary's City sounds like a great place to visit not just for the history but for the paranormal events as well.

    This was one absorbing hub and thoroughly enjoyable and spooky!! Voted up!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Fascinating! I wish Maryland wasn't so far away! Thanks for a great read. Voted up & interesting.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    cryptid - Yes, for sure! Though Maryland seems like a boring place for many, it definitely has some haunted attractions and many historic sites of interest. :) Thanks!

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    cryptid 5 years ago from Earth

    Interesting Hub. Looks like some great info for planning a road trip this summer for anyone in the east!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    phoenix - Thanks so much! Though I live in Florida now, I grew up in MD and hated it when I lived there. Now that I'm gone, I wonder why I hated it so much! LOL.

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    A completely engaging read. I love anything to do with ghosts and spirits.

    Voted up and interesting.