Van Sweringen Site (18ST1-19)
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.
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