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[photo of plants and tools] Early medicinal plants and tools
Colonial Medicine Chest
Where did the colonial doctor or housewife turn when they needed to treat the sick? The plants of the field, hedgerow and marsh were their pharmacy. . . . — — Map (db m22138) HM
Early Chesapeake Bay colonists did not settle in the concentrated villages typical of their home in England. Instead, they lived on large plots of waterfront land that isolated them from their neighbors.
Cheap and . . . — — Map (db m22112) HM
[map of colonial Maryland] Detail from The State of Maryland, Samuel Lewis, 1795. Showing London Town, Annapolis and Baltimore.
Historic London Town and Gardens is a 23-acre park where discover and learning are daily . . . — — Map (db m22140) HM
Have you wondered how we know so much about past cultures? Have you ever thought about future generation studying the present? What would they find?
Since no books or photographs were left behind by earlier civilizations to tell us how they lived, . . . — — Map (db m80878) HM
Native American Exhibit 250 yards, a 5 minute walk
Java Plantation Exhibit .5 mile, a 25 minute walk
Java Dairy Exhibits .75 mile, a 55 minute walk
Java’ Return to Nature Exhibits 1 mile, a 70 minute walk
Indians of the Chesapeake For . . . — — Map (db m80874) HM
Since the 1700s there has been a road leading to Contee's Wharf. Deep water and the protection provided by Big Island made it a natural port. The river has served as a vital link between area residents and the outside world. The wharf was the center . . . — — Map (db m80858) HM
The increase in tobacco production was closely linked with the economic growth of America. Tobacco was so popular that it was used as money. Maryland had a suitable climate for its production, so the area thrived. The Java Plantation, like other . . . — — Map (db m80859) HM
While the plantation owner’s house was situated on a hill, African American slaves had to live in less desirable surroundings. Slave quarters were built in low, marshy area near the water. Mosquitoes and damp living conditions were a constant . . . — — Map (db m80868) HM
The needs of the English settlers were similar to those of the Piscataways. As farmers they wanted good soil, so they often settled near “old fields,” areas once used by Native Americans. Look across the field to the ruins of the Java . . . — — Map (db m80873) HM
By 1840 there were 84 African American slaves on the Java Plantation, a large number for the area. Almost half were children. On a typical day the slaves would rise before dawn, prepare and eat breakfast, feed the livestock, and be in the fields by . . . — — Map (db m168918) HM
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. — — Map (db m3420) HM
A victory off the coast of Brazil inspired John Contee to name this property “Java’s Farm.” Contee was a lieutenant on the USS Constitution when it captured and burned the British frigate HMS Java, December 29, 1812.
Contee purchased a . . . — — Map (db m80857) HM
The ravine in front of you was once Scott Street. Rumney's Tavern, the Brown Carpenter Shop and the Brown House are on this side of the street. On the other side were a number of structures, some of which were commercial enterprises such as . . . — — Map (db m22141) HM
A Transportation Network
Ferries were a critical link in the colonial road system. The ferry crossing at London Town was part of a larger transportation network that extended from Virginia to New York, moving people and goods to market along . . . — — Map (db m22143) HM
[drawing of tenement house]
Lord Mayor's Tenement: An architectural drawing by Willie Graham, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Discovering the Lord Mayor's Tenement
This building has been reconstructed on the footprint of the . . . — — Map (db m22145) HM
Location, Location, Location
One of the mysteries that still surrounds the lost town of London is the William Brown House. Built between 1758 and 1764 overlooking the South River, William Brown intended it to serve as his dwelling and an . . . — — Map (db m22137) HM