Layers of the Past - St Mary's, MD
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N 38° 11.071 W 076° 26.025
18S E 374433 N 4227259
One of many historical markers in St Mary's, Maryland.
Waymark Code: WM15E9V
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 12/18/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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The plaque says, "This area demonstrates that there are many layers of the past at St. Mary's City. Artifacts have come out of the ground here from a span of nearly nine thousand years, starting with prehistoric Native American sites and continuing through recent times.

After the first capital at St. Mary's was abandoned in the 1700s, this property was farmed. During the 1840s, Dr. John Mackall Brome built a large Greek Revival-style house, along with various outbuildings supporting an 1,800-acre plantation.

Archaeologists discovered that Dr. Brome's house stood over the ruins of another house built by Governor Leonard Calvert at the town center in about 1635, more than two centuries earlier. The Historic St. Mary's City Commission decided in 1991 to relocate the Brome-era buildings in order to be able to study and interpret the Calvert house and the original town.

“The landscape is a palimpsest on to which each generation inscribes its own impressions and removes some of the marks of earlier generations… ” — Micheal Aston and Trevor Rowley Landscape Archaeology, 1974."
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