Kids’ Work

What do making ice cream, doing laundry and playing marbles have in common? They are all part of an exciting new program for fourth graders, created by and being run by JPPM docents, under the guidance of Education Director Kim Popetz. Entitled “Kids’ Work”, this program takes a look at what life was like for African American children growing up in post-Civil War Calvert County. Continue reading

1812 Fair and Reenactment this Saturday. Come Early and Stay for Tavern Night!


By Erin Atkinson

JPPM War of 1812

Each September, JPPM holds a War of 1812 Reenactment. This event honors the battle that took place right on St. Leonard Creek in 1814. This year, thanks to Continue reading

Discovering Archaeology Day April 14th!

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum invites you to celebrate Discovering Archaeology Day 2012 on April 14th from 10am – 5pm. There will be lots of activities for you to enjoy. We’ll be offering guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory and demonstrations in the Indian Village. Be sure to visit JPPM’s 18th-century tobacco plantation site where you can see the ongoing excavation and talk to museum archaeologists. If you own something that you think is historical, but you’re not really sure, bring it with you and we’ll identify it for you. You will also have the opportunity to meet professional archaeologists from around the region, ask them questions, and enjoy their exhibits and displays. There’s something for everyone at JPPM and Discovering Archaeology Day!

Excavation and site recording at JPPM’s Smith’s St. Leonard Site

Activities at the Park and Museum’s Indian Village

Tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

Campers Abound

Every year, summer campers from all over Maryland come to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to experience history and archaeology first-hand. Whether they are participants in our own JPPM camps or they are visiting the Park and Museum with other summer programs like The Center for Talented Youth or an outdoor adventure camp, they are treated to all that JPPM has to offer. Learning excavation techniques at the Smith’s St. Leonard archaeology site, experimenting with native skills in the Indian Village, and working with conservators to preserve artifacts in the MAC Lab are only a few of the activities. This year, JPPM Dirt Alert campers not only used their green thumbs in our native garden, but they also surveyed an archaeological site. And JPPM’s Colonial Survival campers learned all about building fires and cast iron cooking as they prepared a colonial feast for their families!

Using a transit.

Electrolytic reduction activity at the MAC Lab.

Having lots of summer fun!

Explore the MAC Lab this Summer

When the weather gets hot, come on in and cool off! The summer is a great time to tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a treatment and research lab that curates 8 MILLION artifacts in its collections. Bring the kids and out of town guests for a guided tour that takes you behind the scenes of Maryland’s 38,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility for the preservation and study of both land-based and underwater archaeology projects. Speak with archaeologists and see conservators and curators in action. Want to hold a 9,000 year old artifact? Or maybe you’d like to see an artifact that weighs 15,000 lbs? This is your chance!

Tours of the Lab are available year round by reservation – any age and size group welcome! E-mail for more information or to make a reservation!

Handling Colonial artifacts

Projectile point dated to 7500 bc – 6000 bc

Detail from a cannon

2011 Public Archaeology Season Begins May 10th

The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, are you ready to excavate? Join us for JPPM’s free Public Archaeology program, where you can learn to identify artifacts, look for soil features, and handle a trowel like a pro. This season’s professional and volunteer archaeologists will return to the buried remains at the Smith’s St Leonard site, an 18th-century tobacco plantation that includes a family residence, slave quarter, large stable, detached kitchen, and much more – come see it yourself! The program will run May 10th through July 2nd. Excavations at the site will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (weather permitting). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, join the crew in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory to clean and examine the artifacts found in the field. If you would like to participate, call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email

*And don’t forget to stop by Discovering Archaeology Day this Saturday, April 16th, between 10am and 5pm. The Smith’s St. Leonard archaeology site will be open and you can get a sneak preview!

Excavating the Smith’s St. Leonard site

Using a brush to excavate a post.

JPPM Opens for 2011 Season

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will be kicking off its 2011 season with Discovering Archaeology Day on April 16th and YOU are invited! Chat with professional archaeologists from local, state, and federal agencies who will be here with hands-on activities and lots of information about current projects. Ask them to identify an artifact for you! Tour the Smith St. Leonard site excavations and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Take the opportunity to learn how to make stone tools, or just watch them being made, by joining a Knap-In at our picturesque Indian Village. Stroll through the Visitor Center and visit our FAQ Archaeology exhibit or have some fun in the Discovery Room! See our *NEW* War of 1812 exhibit which will be open to the public for the first time during this event. Discovering Archaeology Day is from 10am to 5pm (free admission) – we’ll see you there!

Check out the Children’s Activities

Tour the MAC Lab

Visit the Village

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.