2021 Archaeological Tours

Colonial Chesapeake

OCTOBER 24 – 31, 2021

$2,095 per person ($300 single supplement)

Join us as we spend a week this fall exploring the Chesapeake Bay’s rich 17th and 18th century culture. Our exciting journey will take us from the colonial capitals of Annapolis, Maryland and Williamsburg, Virginia, to the first permanent English colony in North America at Jamestown, to George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon.

View the schedule below. 

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Tour Schedule

Sunday, October 24
We’ll start in Baltimore, Maryland for a welcome reception and kick-off lecture by noted Chesapeake archaeologist Dr. Donald Linebaugh, Professor and Interim Dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Monday, October 25
We’ll depart in the morning for Historic London Town and Gardens, a twenty-three acre park located on the South River in Edgewater, Maryland and the site of the late 17th and early 18th century town of London, which has intermittently been excavated by archaeologists from the Lost Towns Project. We’ll then head to the historic capital city of Annapolis, Maryland, where we will spend the next two nights. Here we will visit the William Paca House and Garden, a Georgian mansion built between 1763 and 1765. Guests will have free time to explore Annapolis Harbor and the city’s many other colonial sites.
Tuesday, October 26
We’ll travel to Historic St. Mary’s City, the 1634 capital of Maryland which has been the site of ongoing archaeological research, and has been partially reconstructed. Next, we will head to the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Here we’ll tour the state-of-the-art Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory where nearly 4 million artifacts are curated. We’ll spend the night in Annapolis.
Wednesday, October 27
Making our way to Virginia, we’ll explore the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Colonial Beach. This 550-acre park is located along the Potomac River and was the site of the Popes Creek Plantation first established by the Washington family in 1657. The park contains the remains of the homes of George Washington’s father Augustine and his grandfather John as well as a reconstructed colonial farm and numerous prehistoric archaeological sites. We will then head to Gloucester, Virginia to visit the Rosewell ruins, the magnificent remains of an 18th century Virginia mansion. We will see additional excavations taking place in the Gloucester-area, time-permitting. Then we’ll travel to Williamsburg where we’ll stay for the next three evenings.
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Thursday, October 28
We will spend the morning touring the 18th century town of Williamsburg, Virginia. With 88 original structures, 300 major reconstructions, 40 exhibition buildings, and 90 acres of gardens and greens, the town offers an array of attractions. Dr. Linebaugh will give the group a private tour of the town, and then guests will have the afternoon to explore on their own. Each participant will be given a Williamsburg pass that is good for admission to the living history center and surrounding museums. We will spend the night in Williamsburg, where guests will have access to walking paths into town as well as a shuttle service.
Friday, October 29
In the morning we’ll visit the Kippax Plantation in Hopewell, Virginia. A Conservancy owned preserve, Kippax plantation is a significant 17th century contact period trading plantation with connections to Pocahontas. Dr. Linebaugh has conducted an extensive amount of research at the site and will give us a personal tour. After Hopewell, we will visit Historic Jamestown where we will see the first permanent English settlement in North America, the ongoing excavations at the Jamestown fort, and an extensive collection of 17th century artifacts in the new “Archaearium,” a state-of-the-art museum that links history and archaeology to tell the story of Jamestown from 1607 to 1699. We will return to Williamsburg for the evening.
Saturday, October 30
We will begin to travel north to see the Mt. Vernon Estate, where we’ll eat lunch and spend the remainder of the day visiting the home and the grounds of George Washington. We will first tour the reconstructed grist mill and distillery. In addition to the archaeological sites on the property, our visit will also include a house tour of Mt. Vernon for those who are interested. Following our visit we will head back to Baltimore where we will spend the night.
Sunday, October 31
Participants depart for home

Tour Details

Cost Includes first-class hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $300), all lunches, happy hours, admittance fees, tips, tours, background reading material and surface travel via air-conditioned bus. Not included are meals other than lunch, and travel to and from Baltimore.

For more information about our upcoming tours, please email tours.tac@gmail.com or feel free to call us at (505) 266-1540.

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