A Fragile Window into a Lost World

The recovery of thousands of artifacts is helping to uncover the reality of African and European-American life at Carroll’s Hundred during the Revolutionary period. We’re finding an astonishing story of the crucible of democracy in the Mid-Atlantic.  Items such as an unusual crystal buried beneath the original foundation of the kitchen wing of the Carrolls’ mansion may reveal new information about African spiritual traditions that made their way to colonial America during slavery.  And, there is much more yet to excavate.

Important African American History

Evidence of African American life is not just located in slave quarters on these early American estates, but in the foundations of every building where slaves lived and worked.  At Carroll’s Hundred these included the remains of an office, kitchen, dairy, and rare ventilation tunnel. Investigating these cultural remains is a top Carroll’s Hundred priority.

The Artifact Conservation Project

A generous grant from The 1772 Foundation enabled us to begin the conservation of this important collection. It funded a unique partnership with The Baltimore Talent Development High School to re-house and re-package the site’s artifact collection using archival materials. Since then, we have partnered with Baltimore’s Summer YouthWorks Program in 2012 and 2013, employing deserving young people to label the entire collection and to begin digitally cataloging it.

Become Involved!

By becoming involved, as a Carroll’s Hundred member, as a volunteer in the artifact conservation project, or by participating in other activities, you can help to support this vitally-needed effort to preserve Maryland’s authentic past.