The Initials in the Lintel

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Archaeology | No Comments
The Initials in the Lintel

It is not often that archaeologists are able to examine writing in the material record. Most of the time we are dealing with broken plates and bottles. Very rarely do we have an instance where we excavate an object that has been written on by hand. When we do, it is even more rare that […]

A Research Trip to the US National Archives

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in History | No Comments
A Research Trip to the US National Archives

  Over the holiday break, I visited the United States National Archives in Washington, D.C. for a short research trip. The Archives are home to a seemingly unlimited amount of documents and resources accumulated by our government over the past few hundred years, and because it is our government, we (read: citizens like you and […]

The Society for Historical Archaeology Conference

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Archaeology, Events | No Comments
The Society for Historical Archaeology Conference

In addition to sharing their research with public audiences and site visitors, researchers at Historic St. Mary’s City also make important contributions to their professional communities. In addition to contributing articles to journals and chapters for edited book volumes, giving presentations at professional conferences is one of the ways that researchers make these contributions. These […]

An African American Family Escaping North During the Civil War

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Archaeology, History | One Comment
An African American Family Escaping North During the Civil War

This photo is part of the Library of Congress collection, and appears on their Flickr page. When used with a special viewer, the image would have appeared in 3D. The picture itself was taken shortly after the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and shows a former slave family passing into Union lines. Throughout the war, […]

Preserving the Duplex Quarter: Current Condition and First Steps

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Preservation | No Comments
Preserving the Duplex Quarter: Current Condition and First Steps

This year, Historic St. Mary’s City received funding from the Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture to convert the still standing duplex slave and tenant quarter into a interpretive exhibit. The quarter has been modified, preserved, and moved a number of times since it was initially built in the 1840s, but this will […]

Maryland Slaves in the Civil War: How it Happened in St. Mary’s County

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Archaeology, History | No Comments
Maryland Slaves in the Civil War: How it Happened in St. Mary’s County

Evidence suggests that the Union Army had a presence at St. Mary’s Manor. Brome’s Wharf was destroyed, along with many other landing spots along the Potomac River, to cut back on illicit trading with Virginia, located across the river. Additionally, archaeological evidence, such as a tent peg, buttons, and musket parts, suggest that Brome’s land […]

St. Mary’s City, the 15th Amendment, and the African American Right to Vote

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in History | No Comments
St. Mary’s City, the 15th Amendment, and the African American Right to Vote

Because free and enslaved blacks did not have the right to vote did not mean that they also lacked the ability to be political. Throughout the South, disenfranchised blacks acted politically, through their resistance to bondage, through work slowdowns, running away, or engaging in revolt. Marylanders such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass were particularly […]

Looking for Comparisons: Shirley Plantation Duplex Quarters in Virginia

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Archaeology, History | No Comments
Looking for Comparisons: Shirley Plantation Duplex Quarters in Virginia

One of the difficulties in working with archaeological material is that our data set is inherently incomplete. While looking at what people from the past have left behind does give us a glimpse into their lives that we may not otherwise get, it also means that we are not getting the full picture. In addition […]

The List of Names: Who was Who at St. Mary’s Manor?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in History | No Comments
The List of Names: Who was Who at St. Mary’s Manor?

One of the central documents that has been used to learn about the enslaved African Americans who lived at St. Mary’s Manor was a list compiled by Dr. Brome in 1867. While his slaves had been freed by this point, and the Civil War was over, there was still plenty of confusion and discontent among […]

Visit from Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Events | No Comments
Visit from Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture

Tomorrow, October 18th, Historic St. Mary’s City will be host to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, who will be holding one of their public meetings. The Commission consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor, and work towards preserving and promoting a better understanding of Maryland’s rich African American heritage. Earlier […]