Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky normally works on land. For this job, she learned to dive.
Then, in the murky waters of Maryland’s Patuxent River, she touched a piece of the nation’s past.
Schablitsky, chief archaeologist for the Maryland State Highway Administration, is helping to excavate an early U.S. vessel that fought British forces on the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.
“It’s a piece of Maryland history and heritage, a symbol of strength from 200 years ago,” Schablitsky said.
Most of the sunken shipwreck is covered by 6-9 feet of silt that a team of archaeologists from the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Historical Trust and U.S. Navy began to remove this summer.
Story by Lara Lutz – Chesapeake Bay Journal
It’s easy to miss the little two-story, boarded-up house behind the Historical Society of Baltimore County in Cockeysville.
Known as “the Pest House,” it was once a haven for patients suffering from contagious diseases, such as smallpox. Built in 1872, it’s been empty for decades.
But efforts to convert it into a research center for county African-American history would take the old stone building beyond its dreary past into a brighter future, provided fundraisers can obtain more than $300,000 for the renovation job.
Story by Raven L. Hill – Baltimore Sun