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

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Children’s Day on the Farm June 3rd!


Soon, it’ll be the 1st Sunday in June – and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Maryland’s rural heritage at JPPM’s Children’s Day on the Farm. Amuse yourself with fun hands-on activities, demonstrations, live animals, music, yummy food, and hay rides! Children’s Day has become a Southern Maryland tradition – a wholesome and enjoyable event for the whole family!


Pet your favorite farm animal


See what’s happening in the Indian Village

Public Archaeology Starts Today!


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Each year, archaeologists and volunteers discover more about JPPM’s 18th-century Smith’s St. Leonard tobacco plantation site – and there’s still so much to learn! Find out all about archaeology and the Smith family through hands-on excavation at JPPM’s most popular public program. C’mon and get dirty! This year, maybe YOU’LL be the one to find a tobacco pipe bowl, or a silver coin, or maybe even another cellar…We’re out in the field now, come join us! Continue reading

Public Archaeology at JPPM Starts May 8th


Join us for JPPM’s free Public Archaeology program this summer! You can excavate, learn to identify artifacts and soil features, and chat with Park archaeologists about 18th-century life in the Chesapeake. This season, we will return to the Smith’s St Leonard site, an 18th-century tobacco plantation that includes a family residence, slave quarter, stable, detached kitchen and more! The program will run May 8th through June 30th. Excavations at the site will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (weather permitting). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can join the crew in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory to learn more about the artifacts found in the field. If you would like to participate, please call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email echaney@mdp.state.md.us.


Try your hand with a shovel


Screen for artifacts


Maybe you’ll find a bottle seal like this one!

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