April is Maryland Archeology Month—No Fooling!


2013 Maryland Archeology Month booklet that highlights the diagnostic website and archaeology activities for 2013.

2013 Maryland Archeology Month booklet that highlights the diagnostic website and archaeology activities for 2013.

For many years, April has been designated as Maryland’s Archeology Month. During this month, the public can enjoy the number of free events that focus on the state’s rich archaeological heritage. Here at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, we celebrate the opening of our annual public season, as well as Archeology Month, with an event called Discovering Archaeology Day.

This year, the free event will be held on April 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Visitors can enjoy a variety of hands-on activities sponsored by archaeological organizations around the state, visit an ongoing excavation at an eighteenth-century plantation site and take tours of the MAC Lab. Continue reading

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War of 1812 Event


On September 24th, from 10am to 5pm, discover The Battle of St. Leonard Creek – JPPM’s War of 1812 Reenactment! Taking place at the site of Maryland’s largest Naval engagement, this living history event includes battle reenactments, demonstrations of 19th-century crafts and camp life, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per vehicle. And don’t forget about Tavern Night after the event! The same evening from 6pm – 10pm, you can celebrate the spirit of 1812 in our version of a 19th-century tavern. Play games, sing songs, and prepare for lively entertainment! Food and beverage will be available. Tavern Night admission is $10 per person or $8 for Friends of JPPM members. Dress in period costume for a $2 discount on admission!


See reenactors in battle


Discover camp life


Join in!

Get Ready for Children’s Day at JPPM!


The 1st Sunday of June every year, we invite you to enjoy Children’s Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Activities include demonstrations and hands-on fun along with live entertainment, pony rides, games, food, and even an antique tractor parade. Stop by the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, Public Archaeology site, and Indian Village for even more to see and learn! See you there!


Drilling the prehistoric way at the Indian Village.


See artifact conservation at the MAC Lab.


Play with a friend

Maryland Archeology Month 2011


April is Archeology Month and a great opportunity to take advantage of archaeology related activities all over Maryland. From Allegany to St. Mary’s Counties and all along the eastern shore, there will be lectures, exhibits, events, hands-on experiences, workshops, children’s activities, and excavations to demonstrate efforts to explore and protect Maryland’s heritage. We hope you enjoy them all! This year, Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park is partnering with the Maryland Historical Trust and The Archeological Society of Maryland in creating a poster for Maryland Archeology Month and the MAC Lab has the honor of having quite a few artifacts from our collections appear on the new poster.

Here are just a couple of those MAC Lab artifacts:


Steatite effigy pendant from Dorchester County


Steatite effigy face from Frederick County


Turks Head pipe bowl from Baltimore City.


Pistol Butt Cap face decoration from Charles County.

*Go to The Archeology Society of Maryland’s webpage to see the 2011 poster and for the MAM events schedule.

*Go to April 2011 Curator’s Choice for more information on the effigies.

New “Back to Back Tours” at JPPM


Cold? Would you like to come inside where it’s warm and learn a bit of history? JPPM is currently in its off-season (the Park and all its activities will re-open on April 16th of this year) but, we are offering special combination tours of the Patterson House and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory all year round on the 1st Wednesday of every month – AND you can enjoy these 2 guided tours for the price of 1 ! Now that you are finished caroling and cutting down that tree, come on inside and learn about history and science at JPPM. The fee is $10/person ($8/Seniors, Age 55+). Reservations are required. Please call 410.586.8501 or email jppm@mdp.state.md.us


The Patterson Estate, country home and retreat


Visitors on a tour of the MAC Lab

War of 1812 Reenactment at JPPM


Prepare for battle! On Saturday, September 18th from 10am – 5pm, all ages will enjoy discovering the site of Maryland’s largest Naval engagement. This living history event includes battle reenactments with American and “British” reenactors, camp life, craft demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per car. And don’t forget about Tavern Night! The same evening from 6pm – 10pm, you can celebrate the “high spirits” of 1812 in our version of a 19th-century tavern. Play games, sing songs, and prepare for lively entertainment! Food and beverage available. Admission is $10 per person or $8 for Friends of JPPM members. Dress in period costume for a $2 discount on admission!


Camp life


Reenactors in battle


Firing a cannon

25th Anniversary of Children’s Day on the Farm !


The 1ST SUNDAY OF JUNE every year, we invite you to celebrate Southern Maryland’s rich rural heritage with a day of fun for the whole family! On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, JPPM will enjoy the 25th anniversary of Children’s Day with a variety of fun hands-on activities and demonstrations. Come try your hand at butter-churning and weaving, touch goats and horses at multiple petting zoos, or see a demonstaration about cow milking. Listen to some live Bluegrass music and take an oxen cart ride or a pony ride to round out your day of barnyard fun! And, as always, no Children’s Day on the Farm is complete without the antique tractor parade, which will take place at 2:00 pm.


He’s just sayin’ “Hi”


Go, Buddy, go!