c. 1680 - 1750
The Ashcomb site is a late 17th-mid 18th century domestic
site located on a tract of land historically known as Point Patience.
By 1661, Point Patience had become home to a John Ashcomb and his family.
When he died in 1684, the parcel passed to a series of his descendants,
but by 1726, the site was no longer owner occupied. Instead, related tenants
Mary Ashcomb Parran and her husband Alexander Parran apparently resided
there. By the middle of the 18th century, the parcel had officially passed
to the Parran family.
The Ashcomb site was identified by a Phase I archaeological
survey aboard the Solomon’s Naval Recreation Center in 1995. Eighty
shovel tests were excavated at 25 ft. intervals within the site’s
boundaries, resulting in the discovery of late 17th century to mid 18th
century artifacts such as Rhenish brown stoneware, tin-glazed earthenware,
and pipe fragments. One intact archaeological feature was discovered,
but it was not excavated. Though more research is necessary to expand
on the site’s integrity and association, the Phase I report identified
it as the possible site of John Ashcomb’s dwelling, or a quarter
or outbuilding associated with his plantation.
|Harmon, James, Jessica Neuwirth, and Trenna Solomon-Velado
||Phase I Archaeological Resources Inventory Naval Recreation
Center, Solomon’s, Calvert County, Maryland. Jefferson Patterson
Park and Museum Occasional Papers No. 6.
The Ashcomb Site archaeological collection is owned by the Naval
District Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and curated
at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.