Tag: We Dig Hampstead Hill

News: Archaeologists seek War of 1812 remnants buried within Patterson Park

Archaeologists seek War of 1812 remnants buried within Patterson Park, Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, March 26, 2014.

Today it’s best known for the observatory, summertime jazz concerts and some of the city’s best sledding. But an archaeological dig planned for Patterson Park’s Hampstead Hill seeks to revive a largely forgotten 200-year-old story. While most know Fort McHenry’s role in the Battle of Baltimore, thanks to Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” few know or remember what transpired on the hill overlooking the harbor. Buried there could lie remnants of the trenches that helped Baltimore fend off advancing British land forces and end the War of 1812.

[Baltimore 1814: January 8-15] “Cloudy morning,” a “book of designs” for the Washington Monument, and Baltimore at Sea

Courtesy Drew Peslar, Smithsonian.
Courtesy Drew Peslar, Smithsonian.

This week’s Baltimore 1814 stories include much more than just news about the “cloudy morning” of January 15, 1814:

Read on for a few items from one of our newest themes: Baltimore At Sea – featuring the stories of seamen, shipbuilders, privateers and the United States Navy. Thanks to volunteer Dennis Lilly for his help in launching this new series!

Missed last week? Check out last week’s update or go read the story of Jean Pierre Morel de Guiramand, a refugee from the Haitian Revolution, received a patent a new “power loom” on January 7, 1814.

[Baltimore 1814] “Frozen for a week” & more stories from January 1 to January 8, 1814

Brrr! Weathering the “polar vortex” this week certainly encouraged our interest in Captain Henry Thompson’s daily journal entries on Baltimore’s weather. On January 7, 1814, Thompson recorded:

“7th –  Fine day, and having Frozen for a week past, commenc’d filling my Ice House, haul’d 21 loads today with two Carts from Herring Run  Went to Town return’d to Dinner”

Over the past week of 1814, Baltimore has been hauling ice and more:

If you missed last week’s update, go back and check out  the New Year’s Day reflections of Baltimore newspapermen William Pechin and Hezekiah Niles. Find more background on the history of the city in the early 1800s and our Baltimore 1814 project.

Knowles Light Fancy Power-Loom, ca. 1787 Knowles Light Fancy Power-Loom, ca. 1787