St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Brewing and Baking
There are few clues to tell us the scale of Garrett Van Sweringen's baking operations. In Europe, bakers signaled that their wares were available hot out of the oven by blowing a horn.
This ceramic vessel is called a patty pan and was used to bake both sweet and savory pies. Morgan Jones, Maryland's first potter, made this vessel.
The process of brewing beer required many different
The base of the chimney discovered here is unusual in that it seems to have a second firebox outlined on the right. This is believed to be the support for a bake oven.
Archaeologists digging this outbuilding found a wooden barrel that had been buried near the chimney. When excavated, the wooden hoops that once held it together were seen as soil impressions and the nails that fastened the hoops were still in place. Why did someone intentionally bury a barrel? Could it have been a mini-cooling chamber or did it capture rain water? What do you think is the reason?
The barrel as first discovered.
Detail of barrel during excavation showing impressions of the wooden hoops.
The fully excavated barrel with the upper half of the soil fill around it dug out.
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
Location. 38° 11.121′ N, 76° 26.016′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Old State House Road 0.4 miles north of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ...and Coffee House (here, next to this marker); ...about the Corner of Vansweeringens Garden fence (a few steps from this marker); Keep It Clean (a few steps from this marker); …Adjourn to the Arbour at Vansweringens (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); A Busy Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Servants (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cooling House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.