About the Event
Site of no great battles but with a whole lotta raiding going on by those ornery British, the war years of 1813 and 1814 were pretty much a bummer for local folks. Two centuries later, let us harken back to those years of raiding and invading. We’ll bring you some serious history, but we’re throwing-in more than a dollop of tongue-in-cheek fun. Find street theater, circus arts and invasion route boat tours—plus our own British Invasion—1960s style!
Friday Evening in Leonardtown
Raiders and Invaders Weekend kicks off with Raiders & Invaders First Friday which builds upon the town’s established First Friday tradition. Highlights include 1812: Tide of War, a collaboration between musician Gary Rue and historian Don Shomette, and the gallery opening of a show of scenic landscapes of Southern Maryland’s War of 1812 locations. Shops, restaurants and the Port of Leonardtown Winery participate in the celebration with a variety of 1812-themed activities.
Saturday Afternoon in Leonardtown
Enjoy a range of music from sea chanteys to rock on two stages. The courthouse steps serve as the backdrop for story-telling and traditional circus arts by Old Bay Circus. Find street theater, arts activities and demonstrations, plus 1812-related exhibits and lectures throughout the upper town. Along Leonardtown’s waterfront see Chesapeake Bay-built work boats and climb aboard for an invasion route excursion.
Saturday Afternoon at Sotterley Plantation
The Choice, is both a tour and an interactive play that expresses the dilemma faced by enslaved African Americans during the war of 1812. Sotterley is just a few minutes from Leonardtown.
Saturday Evening in Leonardtown
Dig the music at the free waterside evening concert at the site of the 1814 British invasion. The British Invasion Tribute performs songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Donovan, The Troggs, Cream, The Spencer Davis Group and more.
Sunday Throughout St. Mary’s County
Stay over Saturday in St. Mary’s County and in the morning, prepare to see all that the St. Mary’s Peninsula has to offer. Visit participating historic sites and get your Raiders & Invaders passport stamped—you could win $1,000! Munch on brunch, enjoy wine tastings, browse the local shops and explore the lovely countryside.