Uncovering a Slice of Life In Historic St. Mary's City

Ellie Brookbank, 8, of Mechanicsville, left, and William Huber, 7, of Leonardtown sift through chunks of dirt in search of artifacts July 30 during the annual Tidewater Archaeology Weekend at Historic St. Mary's City.
Ellie Brookbank, 8, of Mechanicsville, left, and William Huber, 7, of Leonardtown sift through chunks of dirt in search of artifacts July 30 during the annual Tidewater Archaeology Weekend at Historic St. Mary's City. (Photos By Ryan Anson For The Washington Post)
Thursday, August 11, 2005

Visitors had an opportunity to help discover and identify bits of the past last month during Historic St. Mary's City's Tidewater Archaeology Weekend.

Participants joined archaeologists excavating Garrett Vansweringen's Colonial inn and coffeehouse in the heart of the Maryland's first capital.

Vansweringen, a Dutch immigrant, was one of the colony's first entrepreneurs. He was an innkeeper, brewer and probably a baker. Artifacts found at the site of his inn indicate that he also may have provided medical services.

Historic St. Mary's City will celebrate Maryland's first families during Woodland Indian Discovery Day on Sept. 10. Visitors will be able to participate in bead- and rattle-making, archery, cordage, flint-knapping and other skills of the Yaocomaco people native to the St. Mary's River area.


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