the site) Lost Towns Project in cooperation with Historic London Town and Gardens, that can be arranged. London Town is one of the largest ongoing archaeological excavations in the State of Maryland. We had spotted several buildings near the William Brown House that weren’t there when we visited in 1990. The site takes the visitor back to 1683, with the reconstructed Lord Mayor’s Tenement, Carpenter Shop, and Tobacco Barn, as well as the Rumney-West Ordinary archaeological excavation site. Other additions over the past 20 years include the Historical, Woodland, Ornamental, and Environmental Gardens and walking trail; an archaeology lab; a greenhouse; a
pavilion and multiple programs for visitors and for educational purposes as well as for special events. We met our William Brown House tour guide at the Visitor’s Center desk and traveled back in time with knowledgeable Jessi McCarthy, an archaeology and botany specialist, leading the way. Unlocking the side door, Jessi revealed a room for multiple lodgers furnished with a folding press bed and a desk with w r it i ng i mplement s. Maps a nd prints adorn the walls in the Hall, or common room, and the period tables and chairs provided comfort for dining, discourse and games. Private quarters for the Brown family include a furnished bedchamber, more elegant than the
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