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Moll Dyer Day

In 2021 February 26th was proclaimed as Moll Dyer Day in a touching ceremony that was held at Tudor Hall Manor, the new location of the famed rock that bears her now fading handprint. Planned activities for the first ever Moll Dyer Day Celebration on Saturday, February 26, 2022 (Just added: a kickoff event on Friday, February 25, 2022, noted below), hosted by the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, Visit St. Mary’s, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division and the Leonardtown Business Association, include an opening ceremony held at the site of the Moll Dyer Rock at Tudor Hall Manor, a scavenger hunt for the entire family, paranormal investigations, a ghost walk, and special offers and activities provided by local Leonardtown businesses. This significant event honors a local Leonardtown Legend while bringing recognition to the harmful effects of bullying. The theme of this year's event is "Be Kind". Check this page often for details and times for the event.

Itinerary About Moll Dyer / About Leonardtown 

 



 

 

Moll Dyer Day Itinerary
 

Friday, February 25, 2022, 6 p.m. 

Just Added: A “kick-off” talk at The REX Restaurant (22695 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650) titled: Indentured Women in the 17th Century: Putting Moll Dyer in Perspective. Guest speaker, Jessica McInerney, is an adjunct Professor at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore. 

Saturday, February 26, 2022
 

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony at Moll Dyer Rock at Tudor Hall Manor (41680 Tudor Place, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650)

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Old Jail Museum open with Moll Dyer items featured in the gift shop.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tastings and Tours featuring Moll Dyer Whiskey, hourly at Tobacco Barn Distillery  (for reservations visit: Events | Tobacco Barn Distillery)
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Themed Scavenger Hunt at Shepherd's Old Field Market

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Moll Dyer and the Spirits of St. Mary's featuring Medium Debbie Oz at Tobacco Barn Distillery (Must be 13 and above to attend, there are limited tickets left. For tickets visit: An Evening with "Moll Dyer")

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Paranormal Investigation and Tour starting at Town Hall at: 22670 Washington St., Leonardtown, MD 20650 (SOLD OUT, but please email info@visitstmarys.com to be added to the wait list for future paranormal tours)

Throughout the Day: Find special cocktails, menu items and activities at these participating establishments:

 

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Above Par Golf &
Entertainment

The Dreaded 3 Foot Putt Game -There’s nothing scarier for a golfer than a 3 foot putt! Come in and attempt to makeas many
3 foot putts in a row as you can. The person who makes the most in a row without missing wins the day! The winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to come back to Above Par. Stay and use putting green as much as you and your group would like leading up to your “official” game attempts. In addition, any participants in the putting game will receive discounted simulator rates while at Above Par, For more information and to register visit: Above Par Golf & Entertainment.

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Fenwick St. Books

Fenwick Street Books will be hosting Rachael Platt of One:Eleven Pottery in the afternoon and she will have her beautiful pottery on display. You can take home something special that has been handmade by a local artist.
 

We will also be offering tarot card readings from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on a walk-in basis throughout the day. Readings will be given by Jason. Jason will also be teaching a class on bell jars beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tarot cards will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. For more information on times and pricing or to reserve your spot for the class call 301-475-2859.

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Shepherd's Old
Field Market

- 12 PM - 4 PM: Scavenger Hunt in the Market for prizes

 

Brüdergarten:

- 11 AM - Midnight: Enjoy a Moll Dyer themed cocktail at our indoor/outdoor beer garden!

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SPICE Studio

SPICE Studio celebrates Moll Dyer Day with a Kindness & Acceptance Barre at 9:15 a.m.

There will also be a sage ceremony after the class and  the in-studio Reiki healer will also be doing community Reiki Shares from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

For more info visit: SPICE Studio

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Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar

Visit to sample Sweetbay's Smokey Nitrogen “brew” cocktail in honor of Moll Dyer Day!

For more information about Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar visit: Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar

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The Olde Town Pub

Moll Dyer Inspired Specialty drink is being offered. 

For more info visit: Olde Town Pub

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The Slice House

The Slice House will feature a special menu item in honor of Moll Dyer Day  (TBA).

For more info visit: The Slice House

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Antoinnette's Gourmet

Coffee & Wine Cafe 

Offering Moll Dyer Day special menu items. For
more information 
visit: Antoinette's Garden

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Port of Leonardtown

Winery

Activity and/or Offer TBD

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Social Coffeehouse
& Cocktail Bar

Social Coffeehouse &
Cockail Bar will feature
a special Moll Dyer Drink
in honor of Moll Dyer Day. For more information visit: Social Coffeehouse

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St. Mary's County Arts
Council Gallery & Gift Shop

The St. Mary's County Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop will be open on Saturday, March 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Arts Council will offer a free gift w/ any purchase of any amount (one per person) from the Gallery & Gift Shop. For more information visit: St. Mary's County Arts Council

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The Front Porch Restaurant

The Front Porch will have specialty menu items, TBA.

For more info visit: The Front Porch

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The Rex

Activity TBD

For more info visit:
The Rex

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Ye Olde Town Cafe 

Ye Olde Towne Cafe will offer a rock painting activity for kids. For more information visit: Ye Olde Towne Cafe.

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About Moll Dyer
 

Many know the legend of Moll Dyer, but it’s not as widely known that Dyer was a real woman who lived just south of
what is now Leonardtown in the late 1600’s. She is believed to have been a healer who often aided the community,
however when an epidemic of influenza arose during the winter of 1697, the Town inhabitants looked to lay blame and
named her as its cause. Accused of witchcraft, Dyer was set upon by a mob fearful of the sickness. When they set fire to
her small cabin, Dyer escaped into the surrounding woods on a bitterly cold night in February 1698. Her body was found days later by a young boy looking for lost livestock. She was found with one hand frozen to a large rock and the other outstretched to the sky. Legend has it that Moll put a curse on the land and on the rock. It's rumored that anyone who touches the rock may become dizzy or even fall ill.  During a dedication ceremony in 2021, Leonardtown's Mayor, Dan Burris, proclaimed February 26th Moll Dyer Day. The famed Moll Dyer Rock was moved from the old Jail where it sat for almost 50 years to Tudor Hall Manor, the home of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, where the organization oversees the preservation of this important piece of Southern Maryland history. The Society has helped build a platform and protective covering to shelter the rock from the elements. Since its move, the rock has seen a steady flow of visitors who often leave trinkets and small gifts for Moll. There is a locally distilled Moll Dyer Whiskey, a Moll Dyer Song, and Dyer is also the subject of book and the movie "Blair Witch Project".

 

Leonardtown, Maryland 
 

Recently named one of the 15 Best Small Towns in Maryland for a Weekend Escape! by VirginiaTravelTips.com
 

Leonardtown is a small community in the heart of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. This charming, walkable Town is known for its beautiful landscapes, breathtaking waterways, and friendly, welcoming people. When you enter Leonardtown, you’ll be transported back in time as you take in the quaint Town Square and Historic buildings, but Leonardtown is undergoing a current renaissance of its downtown area with the addition of an eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, and world-class restaurants. We invite you to visit Leonardtown to experience the charm, the excitement and the warmth first-hand, and if you've been away, we welcome you back. You're always welcome! 

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