Recent Research and Future Plans at the Leonard Calvert House Site

Author(s): Travis Parno

Year: 2018


In 1981, the archaeological staff of Historic St. Mary’s City began a period of intensive survey designed to uncover portions of the 17th-century city. Ultimately their efforts revealed the city’s historic core, an intersection at the beating heart of early Maryland governance. One of the anchors of the town’s center was the Leonard Calvert House. Home to the colony’s first (and later third) governor, the Calvert House was one of the largest wooden structures in colonial Maryland that at varying times also functioned as a statehouse, an ordinary, and the fortified center of a short-lived rebellion.  This paper summarizes the history of the Calvert House site, reviews the results of 36 years of archaeology at the site, and examines some of HSMC’s recent research into the property’s rich history. It concludes by sharing future plans for integrating the Calvert House site more fully into the museum’s visitor experience.

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Recent Research and Future Plans at the Leonard Calvert House Site. Travis Parno. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441105)


Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 356