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

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

CTY Returns to JPPM

Second through fourth grade students from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth returned to JPPM this year and we were happy to treat them to all that the Park has to offer. They learned native skills at our Indian Village, experienced archaeology at the Smith’s St. Leonard site, and experimented with artifact treatment techniques in the MAC Lab. Checking out a room with 8 million artifacts just added to the fun. The staff enjoyed working hands-on with these bright kids and hope they all had a great time discovering JPPM!

Learning about electrolytic reduction with conservators

Look at this way cool projectile point!

Public Archaeology Starts Today!

Half scruple apothecary weight

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

Try your hand with a shovel

Screen for artifacts

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

A Small Voice from the Public Archaeology Program

Hello! I am ten years old and I volunteer at Public Archaeology. I love being a junior archeologist! It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Last year, I found a pig bone on the site. It was about 5 inches long! You find brick pieces and oyster shells and ceramic artifacts. You can do it too! Come find artifacts with us!

See you there!

Excavating a pig bone under the watchful eye of staff archaeologists

Interested in joining the fun? E-mail for more information.

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!

2010 Public Archaeology Season Opens

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s very popular Public Archaeology program begins TODAY and will continue through July 3rd. JPPM’s archaeologists welcome volunteers back to the Smith’s St. Leonard site, the buried remains of an 18th century plantation that include a family residence, slave quarter, detached kitchen, barn, and other buildings. Volunteers can help excavate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm (weather permitting) and can also help clean and examine the artifacts found on the site in the MAC Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This program is fun, exciting, and free! No experience? No worries. We’ll teach you! You can come for a day, part of a day, or for the whole season. If you would like to participate, please call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email to schedule your visit.

Fun for all during last year’s season

Thimble discovered during previous season

Job Shadow Day at the MAC Lab

This week, the MAC Lab participated in the 2nd Annual Job Shadow Day sponsored by the Calvert County Mentoring Partnership. Two students from middle schools in Calvert County spent the day at the Lab with conservators Nichole Doub and Nancy Shippen. Nichole and Nancy took them on a tour of the lab and then to visit an archaeology site being excavated here on the Park. Then they were able to try their hands in the treatment labs. They air abraded, worked with artifacts under a microscope, and even got to help treat a cannon! We were more than happy to show them the ropes and, both last year and this year, we have been very proud to be part of an event that promotes mentoring and inspires and motivates Calvert County’s youth!

Discover Archaeology at JPPM !

Get out your calendars and prepare to save the date – Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum invites you to celebrate our 2010 opening season on April 17th! The celebration will last from 10am – 5pm and there’ll be lots of activities for you to enjoy. We’ll be offering guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, demonstrations in the Indian Village, children’s activities, tours of archaeology sites on the Park, and we’ll even have wagon rides to take you to an ongoing excavation on JPPM grounds where you can talk to museum archaeologists and watch them work. Maybe you own something that you think is historical, but you’re not really sure? We’ll have archaeologists from around the State on hand for “show and tell” – you show us what you’ve got, we’ll tell you what it is. And much more. Bring the kids, bring grandma, bring the neighbors, we’ll see you there!

Enjoy a children’s activity

See what we’re finding in the field

Take a tour of the MAC Lab