Discover Quest World War I Commemoration Highlights Mallows Bay

March 21, 2017

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Travel back in time to World War I and experience interactive programs highlighting Mallows Bay at the Discover Quest: World War I Commemoration Weekend from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23. The special event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I.

Program Schedule:
Friday, April 21
College of Southern Maryland (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata), BI building, Rooms 113 and 114
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Free admission

  • Art exhibit by Charles County Public School students.
  • World War I informational panels.
  • Engaging presentation by underwater archaeologist Don Shomette.

Saturday, April 22 
Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy)
9 a.m.-Dusk
Free admission

  • Guided kayak tour through Mallows Bay, a site renowned for the remains of more than 100 wooden steamships, known as the “Ghost Fleet.” Guided kayak tours are $40 per person for a 1.5 hour tour. Register for kayak tours online at or call 301-292-6455 for more details.
  • Guided bird tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Fossil dig
  • Knot demonstrations
  • Archaeological interactive programs

Sunday, April 23 
Various Charles County locations will offer World War I and other historic interactive programs:

Rich Hill Historic Site (Rich Hill Farm Road, Bel Alton)
10 a.m.- 4p.m.

  • Open house featuring re-enactors, Civil War encampments, archaeological digs, and historical displays.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center (2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury)
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Mixed media World War I art display.

Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park (11000 Crain Highway, Newburg)
11 a.m.- 4p.m.

  • Display honoring those who fought on the World War I battlefields and those who served in support of them.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House (3725 Doctor Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf)
Noon- 4 p.m.

  • Guided tour of the famous house, known as the site John Wilkes Booth stopped after he assassinated former President Abraham Lincoln. Tours cost $7 for ages 13 and up, $2 ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under. Tours depart every 30 minutes.

McConchie School House and Fairgrounds Farm Museum (8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata)
10 a.m.- 3p.m.

  • Tour of the historic one-room school house and learn about Charles County education during World War I.

For more information, visit Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.