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St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Kitchen

 
 
The Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. The Kitchen Marker
Inscription.  You are looking at a careful reconstruction of the kitchen Garrett Van Sweringen built around 1690. It replaced an earlier kitchen he constructed in this same spot. The brick floor and chimney foundation are original. The kitchen was an earthfast building supported by wooden posts, the most common type of architecture in the early Chesapeake. New posts are set in the exact locations where archaeologists found traces of the original 1690s posts. This kitchen primarily served Van Sweringen's guests.
 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.116′ N, 76° 26.041′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. The marker is inside the open-air Council Chamber on the Van Sweringen site. 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. The Servants (here, next to this marker); A Private Lodging House (here, next to
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this marker); The Council Roome (here, next to this marker); A Change in Government (here, next to this marker); The Illusion of Brick (here, next to this marker); A Busy Kitchen (here, next to this marker); The Cooling House (here, next to this marker); Cellar Archaeology (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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