The Quarter Building

The Quarter Building (HM2LJG)

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N 38° 11.388', W 76° 25.729'

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Simon Overzee probably built this structure as an unheated storehouse in the late 1650s. Charles Calvert added a chimney so he could lodge or "quarter" members of his large household in the building. Innkeepers later used the structure which stood into the 1690s.

Traces of postholes and nails were the only clues excavators found of this building. It was a post-in-the-ground structure, the first one identified from 17th-century Maryland. Four pairs of stout posts connected by tie beams framed the one-story building which was 20 feet wide and 30 feet long. Unlike most structures, it had no sills. Instead, the builder placed the wall studs directly in the ground. This type of architecture became widely used in the early Chesapeake. Artifacts indicate the building mostly served as a dwelling space.
Placed ByHistoric St. Mary's City
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Date Added Sunday, October 6th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374874 N 4227838
Decimal Degrees38.18980000, -76.42881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.388', W 76° 25.729'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 23.28" N, 76° 25' 43.74" W
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