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

Cellar Archaeology

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. Cellar Archaeology Marker
Inscription.  When archaeologists discovered this cellar, it was filled with garbage, oyster shells, and bricks. Excavations revealed walls and a floor made of small imported Dutch bricks. When the building collapsed in the late 1720s, people began using the cellar hole as a convenient place to dump their trash. Among the broken bottle fragments at the bottom of the cellar, archaeologists found a glass bottle seal with a 1724 date. They found another seal dated 1741 in the top layer of fill. These seals bore the name of William Deacon, the Royal Customs Collector, who married the widow of Garrett Van Sweringen's son, Joseph.
 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.119′ N, 76° 26.043′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road north 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
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within walking distance of this marker. The Cooling House (here, next to this marker); A Busy Kitchen (here, next to this marker); The Servants (here, next to this marker); A Private Lodging House (here, next to this marker); The Kitchen (here, next to this marker); ...Adjourn to the Arbour at Vansweringens (here, next to this marker); The Council Roome (here, next to this marker); The Illusion of Brick (a few steps from 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 90 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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