|18ST677 Tudor Hall
c. 1660 - 1690
The Tudor Hall site is located in St. Mary’
County near Leonardtown. It represents part of a 200-acre tract
of land that was called “Little St. Lawrence” when
granted to Bartram Obert and Dominick in 1649. They received the
grant for transporting themselves to Maryland in 1646. Obert and
Dominick may have transferred the parcel to a Philip Lynes of
Charles County within a year of obtaining it,however.
At the same time, they apparently renamed the tract “Shepherd’s
Field.” Unfortunately, no historical documentation has surfaced
to indicate whether these owners ever actually lived on the property.
It might well have been occupied by tenants whose names are not
Site 18ST677 was identified during a 1996 Phase I archaeological
survey prompted by the planned construction of the Tudor Hall
Village resort and residential development. Phase II excavations
followed after shovel test pits alerted archaeologists to the
presence of historic artifacts and features. Eleven test units
were placed around the site, nine of which concentrated on two
areas with known features. One feature in Test Unit 1, AA2-VI,
was excavated and determined to be a cellar or trash pit. The
remaining features were either unexcavated, or of ambiguous function.
Diagnostic ceramics and marked pipes date the site to c. 1660-1690.
Artifacts recovered are indicative of a residence that was most
likely occupied by tenants. The location of the site is unusual
because it is located on an upland terrace. Most settlements of
the period were placed on navigable waterways for ease of tobacco
|Child, Kathleen M., Thomas W. Davis, W. Patrick
Giglio, and Christopher Sperling
||Phase II Archaeological
Evaluation of Five Sites and Architectural Evaluation of Standing
Structures for the Proposed Tudor Hall Village Development, St.
Mary’s County, Maryland. Report submitted to K.A.A.V., LLC.
On file at the Maryland Historical Trust, Crownsville, Maryland.
The Tudor Hall archaeological collection is owned by the
Maryland Historical Trust and curated at the Maryland Archaeological