|18PR705 Pleasant Prospect
c. 1730 - 1790s
Pleasant Prospect site represents a plantation complex dating
from the late 1720s to the 1790s. Richard Duckett owned the plantation,
which was known as Sprigg’s Request until the 19th century.
Inhabitants included the Duckett family, an overseer, and at least
17 enslaved individuals. Richard Duckett’s son Isaac inherited
the property by 1788, at which time he built a new manor house
called Pleasant Prospect. Structures still stood at 18PR705 into
the 1790s, however because they were assessed on the 1798 tax
rolls. Richard Duckett’s probate inventory and the artifacts
found at the site point to his status as a member of Maryland’s
The Pleasant Prospect site was identified in 2004 by
Phase I investigations for a proposed residential development. Phase II
investigations confirmed the presence of significant intact features,
prompting a Phase III data recovery in 2006. The Phase III began with
controlled surface collection, followed by mechanical excavation to expose
features. Features were then bisected or quartered and a portion of each
feature was hand excavated. The project identified several structures,
including the brick-lined cellar of the main dwelling, a detached kitchen,
probable slave quarter sites, a possible overseer’s house, and unidentified
|Kreisa, Paul P., Jacqueline M. McDowell, Justine
Woddard-McKnight, Matthew Gill, and Rebecca Kermes
III Archaeological Data Recovery of Site 18PR705 at the Waterford
Development, Prince George’s
Maryland. Report prepared by Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc.
for Washington Management & Development
Company, Inc. On file at the Maryland Historical Trust.
The Pleasant Prospect archaeological
collection is owned by the Maryland Historical Trust and curated
at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.