“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Exploring St. John's

Stories Written in the Soil

Exploring St. John's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
1. Exploring St. John's Marker
Inscription.  The story of St. John's and its residents is only dimly reflected in the historical records. Archaeology was essential to understand this site, its buildings, and the lives of its people. Excavations began here in 1972 and continued for five years while more exploration occurred between 2001 and 2005. These efforts uncovered a remarkable archaeological site and recovered over a million artifacts. By digging and studying St. John's, scholars obtained their first insights about 17th-century Maryland's architecture, diet, household goods, and landscape. This exhibit presents many of these important discoveries, and all of the artifacts that you will see were unearthed by archaeologists here. By merging evidence from ancient documents and archaeology, we have revealed St. John's unique story and gained a valuable new perspective about one of America's earliest colonies.
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
Location. 38° 11.389′ N, 76° 25.737′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be
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reached from Margeret Brent Way 0.1 miles west of Mathias De Sousa Drive, on the left when traveling west. Marker is inside the open air structure at the entrance of the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47645 Margeret Brent Way, 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. Entrance to St. John's Museum (here, next to this marker); Snapshots of St. John's (here, next to this marker); St. John's and the Wider World (here, next to this marker); Relax Awhile! (here, next to this marker); The Quarter Building (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to St. John's (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's College of Maryland (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Mary's College of Maryland (approx. 0.2 miles away). 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 October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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