Phase II Archaeological Investigations, Blossom Point Farmhouse, Blossom Point Charles County, Maryland

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Author(s): Jay F. Custer Ph.D.

Year: 1993


The Phase II excavations at the Blossom Point Farmhouse focused on sub-floor deposits in the three main rooms of the house. The excavations clearly showed that the artifacts and ecofacts recovered from the excavations were derived from a badly disturbed context. Diagnostic artifacts from the Blossom Point Farmhouse indicate that the archaeological deposits date to the middle to late 19th century with a mix of 20th century artifacts added later. During this time period, the house was occupied by the overseers of the Blossom Point Farm. Archival data indicate that the Blossom Point Farm was the most valuable of the Jesuit farms on Cedar Neck; however, it was not necessarily the most efficiently run. Although the middle portion of the 19th century prior to the Civil War was comparatively prosperous for the Blossom Point farm, the socio-economic status of the overseers was not all that high, according to archival data.

Phase II archaeological excavations at the Blossom Point Farmhouse collected interesting information on the lifeways of the 19th century overseers who occupied the house. However, the excavations also showed that the contextual integrity of the sub-floor archaeological deposits had been badly disturbed by animal inhabitants of the space beneath the floor and by recent repairs of the flooring. Given the extensive disturbance of the deposits, the archaeological component of the Blossom Point Farmhouse is not considered to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. No further archaeological investigations are recommended for the site.

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Phase II Archaeological Investigations, Blossom Point Farmhouse, Blossom Point Charles County, Maryland. Jay F. Custer Ph.D.. 1993 ( tDAR id: 445841) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8445841

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min long: -79.514; min lat: 38.281 ; max long: -76.838; max lat: 39.749 ;

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