Sukeek's Cabin Site is a
19th -20th century African American domestic site
located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, in Calvert County, Maryland. It is
named for a woman who, according to her family tradition, was enslaved and
brought to the United States in the early 1800's. Sukeek's Cabin Site has been the focus of the Public Archaeology Program at
JPPM for two seasons. We
named the site Sukeek's Cabin in 1996, when we began working with Sukeek's
descendants to learn the family story and how it relates to life in the 19th
and 20th centuries. The site had been virtually undisturbed since it was
abandoned as a dwelling, some time around 1920.
Map of Southern Maryland showing JPPM in relation to Baltimore
and Washington, D.C. JPPM is located to the right of the arrow, in
The dwelling that stood there was a log
structure, probably with a frame second story. All that remains now on the surface
is the building's fossil
rock foundation. The rock was evidently quarried from
the bank overlooking St. Leonard's Creek, just below the house. Sukeek's
archaeologists and volunteers are working to learn
about the site, and to study family and local history to better understand
how people's lives were affected by the change from slavery to freedom. We
histories, which are the memories of people who knew about the site in the
past. Excavation at the site provides information about the building itself
and the surrounding yard, and yields artifacts that give us clues about the
lives of the people who lived there.
is a map of JPPM.
Site is located on the
side of the park in the trees.
website was created by Reginald Baugh, a Hampton University student working at
JPPM under the auspices of the non-profit Student Conservation Association, with
funding provided by the U. S. Department of the Interior Diversity Internship
Program and the
Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, Inc.
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