Van Sweringen Site (18ST1-19)

Introduction

Excavating the van Sweringen site, St. Mary's City (Courtesy Historic St. Mary's City)

Garrett van Sweringen, a Dutchman who came to Maryland by way of New Amstel, operated an inn and lodging house in St. Mary's City from 1677 until the end of the 17th century. Van Sweringen had an English-born wife, children, servants, and possibly slaves. The site consists of the dwelling, a kitchen, a milk house, and the building believed to have been the coffee house. Archaeologists believe that the buildings on the property reflect Dutch architectural influences. Artifacts include ceramics, tobacco pipes, bottle and table glass, and a number of small finds.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen, van Sweringen site, St. Mary's City (Courtesy Historic St. Mary's City)
Coffee house chimney base and associated features, van Sweringen site, St. Mary's City (Courtesy Historic St. Mary's City)

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