How St. Marys County has Changed Over the Years

How St. Marys County has Changed Over the Years

What are some of your childhood memories?

St. marys is one of the oldest counties on the coast and no doubt has given us many childhood memories.

You remember driving on the south road while listening to your Dad’s music. You just stare outside your backseat window at the fields that pass by. Are we there yet?

We know we hit St. Mary’s County as we stop at the intersection of Three Notch Road, Rt 235 and Rt 5. Yes! Our favorite spot. Hills Halfway House! This place is what made St. Marys part of the south.

Unforgetable childhood memories always has to do with good food. Many had celebrated milestones at the Halfway house like their Prom or it was a place for family time as the fried chicken basket or the liver and onions were off the hook!


Obviously in time, someone richer pays off the family business. As the new generation conquers, the old fashioned business cannot say no.

The Hills Halfway House Restuarant had defined St. Mary’s. It is replaced by The “Wawa” convenience store. Instead of savouring the southern food, we now wait to hit that spot as a bathroom break.

We are just left with remembering the taste of their famous stuffed ham dishes as we pass that once hot spot!

They Cannot Take the Recipe!

Instead of stopping twice, the main road along 5/235 are full of stores. Dolla General, Liquor Stores and of course Golden Chicken. Having now 15 stoplights on the main road can cause many accidents of impatient drivers. St Mary’s may be changing drastically, but we can preserve our taste!

We have people like Kara Mae Harris, a Marylander who dedicates her time in preserving Maryland’s Culinary History. She has collected recipe books from Maryland and recognized we have our own culture. Check out The Blogger Quietly Preserving Maryland’s Culinary History.

We can keep St. Mary’s alive by our cooking.

Historic Highlights

St. Mary’s is full of historic sites, that can help us remember our heritage. The Sotterly Mansion still stands and host many of our counties festivals.

As we pass by the southern road, we will always see something replaced by someone richer. However the heart of St. Mary’s county is still alive and our culture can stay the same if we choose to do so.

What it Takes to get a Tree Service License

What it Takes to get a Tree Service License

No one can cut down any tree in Maryland. You must obtain a Tree Expert License.

Any professional company that works with trees and cuts down, trims, fertilizes, cables, braces and controls insects or diseases of trees require a license. This is to ensure the health and longevity of Maryland’s community of trees is protected, keeping our Maryland beautiful!

Before Applying

Must obtain:

  • Adequate and related college education plus one year experience under LTE
  • OR have three years of experience under LTE (Licensed Tree Expert)
  • Pass the exam
  • Have adequate liability and property damage insurance

Once you obtain the license, it has to be renewed after two years in December.

Arborist Organizations

There are some organizations that offer training or certifications

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

This certification is available to candidates with:

  • at least three years of full-time experience
  • an associate’s degree in arboriculture and two years experience
  • bachelor’s degree and one year experience
  • must pass certification exam

ISA also offers specialized certifications including aerial lifts, utilities-related tree trimming and tree climbing

The American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA)

This certification goes beyond tree trimming. The ASCA administers the Registered Consulting Arborist credential to offer services that include:

  • landcape planning
  • tree preservation
  • damage assessment and expert-witness testimony in civil or criminal lawsuits that involve trees.

Must be a member and attend the ASCA Consulting Academy training program. Qualified applicants will be sent a test in the form of a consulting scenario.

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)

TCIA offers a variety of training and educational materials to arborists companies who are members. After completing a few series of training, new employees will obtain all that is necessary to work safely.

TCIA also offers specialized training programs in:

  • tree care safety
  • electrical hazards
  • aerial rescue
  • ANSI 300 standards for tree care

A Company that offers tree service must be equipped to handle the job safely. If you need this service call us, we are definitely a Southern Maryland Licensed Tree Service close by.




7 Things to think about when choosing a Tree Removal Company in St. Marys

7 Things to Think About When Choosing a Tree Removal Company  in St. Marys

Many of us think that taking down that tree is a piece of cake! Think again. In fact, it is pretty sad to mention that there has been serveral cases of deaths in St. Marys county by falling trees.

You don´t want to choose just any kind of company that offers tree service because many could just end up being just as good as you attempting a DIY.

Things to consider:


This is your first-most priority! Cutting down trees is one of the most dangerous jobs out there. If you have that feeling this company is not serious about their job, don´t even continue the conversation.



Make sure the employees are actually certified to climb trees. You do not want to witness a preventative injury in your backyard due to choosing a company where the workers are obviously not trained.


Cutting down trees, especially in St. Marys requires big machines to get them down. Ask what they plan on doing to get the desired tree down to see if they really mean business.


You want a company that has a fair amount of years on their shoulders because they know the unseen dangers when getting the job done.


Not only does an ideal tree service company clears your yard, but they can aid you in knowing about the health status of the other surrounding trees. You may be doing something that can be affecting the eco-system.


Make sure there is a mature team ready to service you the best way. You don´t want to be dealing with a one-man show to get the oak down.


A good company must have good communication skills with you and especially with their team as they work on getting big trees down. Lack of good communication can contribute to injuries.

A Tree Service Company must take their job serious. The Southern Maryland Fellers is your ” tree service,  St. Marys county”!