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St. Leonard in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What Life Was Like Here

Kingís Reach Site

 
 
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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. What Life Was Like Here Marker
Inscription. The main house probably had two rooms on the first floor, a sleeping loft upstairs, a chimney made of mud and brick, and a shed facing the river. Archaeologists speculate that a room for storing dairy foods was located off the north side. By looking at where artifacts were found, archaeologists concluded that the rooms on the first floor were a kitchen and a private family room, or parlor.

The smaller building housed servants or slaves. It had only one room, heated by a hearth with no chimney. Fences enclosed a small yard between buildings. A nearby spring provided water for the residents, and agricultural fields surrounded the buildings.

The Artifacts indicate that people lived here from 1690-1715.

While the main house may seem small and uncomfortable to us, the number of artifacts discovered---including many luxury items---indicate that the family was fairly wealthy. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Richard Smith Jr., the son of Marylandís first Attorney General, lived here.

(Inscription under the image in the upper center on the red cloth)
Row 1: Spoons; Row 2: Jaw Harp, Knife; Row 3: Drinking Glass Stem, Stoneware Pottery, Beads; Row 4: Book Hinge, Buckle, Thimble Fragment, Furniture Tack, Cufflink; Row 5: Rings (finger and curtain), Pins, Bone Needle Case.

(Inscription under the images on the upper right)

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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. What Life Was Like Here Marker
Row 1: Buckles, Fish Hook, Scissors Fragment; Row 2: Hinge Pintle, Stirrup, Spur; Row 3: Key; Row 4: Kettle Fragment Chisel, Padlock.

(Inscriptions under the images on the bottom right)
Glass Beads & “WC” Bottle Seal; Horse Harness Ornament; Tin Glaze Pottery Sherds; Door Lock; Book Hinges; Keys
 
Location. 38° 24.119′ N, 76° 30.709′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Click for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Leonard MD 20685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King's Reach Post Mold Patterns (here, next to this marker); Evidence Found in the Ground (a few steps from this marker); Excavation Process Gathers the Most Information (a few steps from this marker); Indian Life at the Stearns Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); War on the Water (about 500 feet away); Discovery of a Colonial Plantation (about 600 feet away); Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers

 
What Life Was Like Here Marker-Outline of the buildings image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. What Life Was Like Here Marker-Outline of the buildings
Distant shop of th the What Life Was Like Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Distant shop of th the What Life Was Like Here Marker
Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. Sign at the entrance to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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