If you have visited Colonial Williamsburg or Jamestown, Virginia, but have never been to St. Mary’s County, Maryland, it is worth the beautiful drive to Colton’s Point on the Potomac River to retrace a lesser-known chapter in America’s founding. A Maryland Historical Society sign on the shore near the St. Clement’s Island Museum marks the landing of The Ark and The Dove on March 25, 1634, adding, “Here, on the same day, Father Andrew White, S.J. celebrated the first Catholic Mass in the British-American colonies.”
That simple event, a Catholic Mass, inaugurated religious freedom in British North America.
(St. Mary’s City Historic District: Reconstructed 1667 Catholic Church, built on site of the original Jesuit mission church in the St. Mary’s City colonial settlement, Maryland’s first colony. HSMC, July 2009, via Wikipedia)