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Patterson Park, known as Hampstead Hill in the early 1800s, was the site of Baltimore’s major defensive position against a British land invasion in the War of 1812. With funding from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority and the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, Baltimore Heritage completed an archaeological investigation of Patterson Park in spring 2014.


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About the project

1879-2-1_assembly_troops_battle_baltimore.jpgSearching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park is an archaeological investigation looking for the remains of the fortified line that defended Baltimore from a British land attack in September 1814. The project is an opportunity to research the history of the battle, celebrate Baltimore’s history, and preserve Hampstead Hill and the Eastern Defensive Line for future generations to discover.

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About the project team

John BedellOur archaeological consultant for this project is the Louis Berger Group, Inc. Louis Berger is an award-winning environmental planning and engineering firm founded in 1953 and one of the largest providers of cultural resource management services in the nation.

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About the history of Patterson Park

fieldbookswar181200lossrich_0961Patterson Park, known as Hampstead Hill in the early 1800s, was the site of Baltimore’s major defensive position against a British land invasion in the War of 1812.  In 1827, Hampstead Hill was converted into a public park now known as Patterson Park. Although historians have long known of the park’s association with the Battle of Baltimore, our project will be the first archaeological exploration in the park to focus on the battle and the War of 1812.

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