A Culture Revisited

On this tour you will learn about the lives of African Americans in Southern Maryland in general and those at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in particular before the land was turned over to the State of Maryland. This project was produced by the Huntingtown High School 2011-2012 Archaeology Class, and contains commentary from an archaeologist, a descendant, and others who experienced the changes that took place in the 20th century in Calvert County. As you listen you will encounter information spanning over 300 years of history at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum relating to African American lives. The tour begins at the Visitor Center, is open year round, and costs nothing but the use of your cell phone minutes.   To activate the tour, dial 410-246-1966 from your cell phone. 

Below are the 11 stops for the African American Life Audio Tour with the audio recordings that you can listen to now by clicking on the links under each stop.   Make sure your speakers are on!

Logo for Calvert County.
Stop 1: Introduction

Image of the Patterson House estate.

Stop 7: Main Estate

Stop 307: Post Office

Image of tobacco hung up to dry inside a barn.
Stop 2: Old Tobacco Barn

Stop 302: Tobacco Farming

Image of three of Sukeek's relatives.

Stop 8: Missing House

Illustration of what the Kings Reach site was thought to look like.
Stop 3: King’s Reach Quarter



Image of Allen Brown talking about who Sukeek was.
Stop 9: Who is Sukeek?

Stop 309: Community

Image of a map of North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
Stop 4: The Royal African Company

Site of Sukeek's Cabin on JPPM property.
Stop 10: Sukeek’s Cabin

Stop 310: Changes

Mural painting of African slaves dancing outside of thier homes.
Stop 5: Housing

Stop 305: Slave Quarters

Excavating the Sukeek's Cabin site.
Stop 11: History in the Ruins

Stop 311: WW2

Interview with Patricia Samford and High School staff about African American culture.
Stop 6: Culture

Stop 306: Traditions



Click on following links to see our other audio tours on the Park!      1812 Remembered      |     Walking in Their Footsteps

This tour was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of JPPM, the Board of the Maryland Historical Trust, the Garrett Music Academy, an Anonymous Donor, the Calvert County Public Schools and Target®.