Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard, MD, USA

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Develop an Interpretive Plan for the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Division of Historical and Cultural Programs).

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum is a 560 acre state park and museum located along the Patuxent River in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland. The park has more than seventy archaeological sites, with current excavation and research being done.

The park has hiking, walking, and bike trails, a canoe and kayak launch, a visitor's center with exhibits and a gift shop, an exhibit barn, a pavilion for event rental, a recreated Indian village, and a historic house. JPPM has several annual events as well as educational programs and summer camps.

The visitor center, located in a former cattle barn, features displays about the science of archaeology and the work being done on the property. The barn features a War of 1812 exhibit, displays of antique farm equipment and displays about the site's archaeological and cultural history.

JPPM is also the home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts. The MAC Lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by State and Federal agencies throughout Maryland. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.