Discovery of a Colonial Plantation
King’s Reach Site
In the late 1990s, archaeologist and volunteers found evidence of more farm buildings in the surrounding fields. These include a large tobacco barn and another servant or slave house.
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An outline of the King’s Reach dwellings is reconstructed in the middle of the field, where interpretive panels explain more about the excavations. Some of the artifacts found here are displayed at the Visitor’s Center.
(Inscriptions under the photos in the bottom and left)
1. Tobacco Barn site, 1993. Each archaeologist is standing on a patch of dark soil that marks the location of a barn wall support post.
2. Surface collection, 1997.
3. Screening soil for objects, 1997.
4. Measuring an excavation square,
5. Excavation, 1984.
“Each planter provides as many of such houses as he needs. They build also a separate kitchen, a house for the Christian slaves, another for the negro slaves, and several tobacco barns, so that in arriving at the plantation of a person of importance you think you are entering a considerable village.” Monsieur Durand, 1686, on Chesapeake planters.
Location. 38° 24.088′ N, 76° 30.583′ W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Touch for map. The 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. Excavation Process Gathers the Most Information (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); What Life Was Like Here (about 600 feet away); King's Reach Post Mold Patterns (about 700 feet away); Evidence Found in the Ground (about 700 feet away); Indian Life at the Stearns Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.