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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 Calvert County. 




     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 descendants, 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 collect oral 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.


This is a map of JPPM.  

Sukeek's Cabin Site is located on the 

southeast side of the park in the trees.  

This 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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