Olde Breton Inn was once known as Society Hill, which derived its name from the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order of priests who dwelled here during the early settlement of Maryland.
Within sight of this lovely old home was the beginning of Georgetown University at Newtown Neck, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1668, on land conveyed to the society by William and Temperance Bretton on the 10th of November, 1661.
The old section of Society Hill Manor House was thought to be built in 1793 but old tax records show that the original section was built much earlier, possibly as early as 1670. This is evidenced by the hand hewn joists.
Olde Breton Inn was a private residence until the late 1950's. From then until 1987, the mansion was known to have operated as a restaurant, then a Country Club. 2017 marks the 30th year under the current ownership, and the Inn has been transformed into its present uses as a setting for weddings, business events, and special events.
We hope that this St. Mary's County mansion will create fond memories of experiences for thousands of future guests at Olde Breton Inn.