Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Grant Award

I heard today from the Community Foundation of Charles County that they awarded us a grant to help underwrite our public outreach program at Port Tobacco. We will involve the community in archaeological investigations at the Washington Burch House. This is the first grant application that Pete has worked on, so kudos to him.

Mr. Burch was the last county jailer at Port Tobacco before the new facility was built at La Plata in the late 1890s. He played prominent roles in the founding of one of the County's earliest schools for African American children in the 1870s and in establishment of churches.

The Burch House is one of three surviving 18th-century houses in town and was purchased by Mr. Burch in the late 19th century.

On behalf of the PTAP team, I thank the Community Foundation. The public ceremony will be at the College of Southern Maryland on Friday, May 15. I'm sure all are welcome.


Ken Quantock (aka Pete's Dad) said...

Congratulations on the grant!

John Fiveash said...

Jim and the Port Tobacco team,

Congratulations on having your hard work pay off! I look forward to seeing what is happening at Port Tobacco at the ASM Field Session in just under a month.

John Fiveash