MAA and its consultant, Sharp & Company, Inc., created this section of our website based on reports provided by URS Corporation, project archaeologists.

URS Corporation, June, 2008, Iron Forge (18AN1386) Discovery Cultural Resources Documentation for the Maryland Aviation Administration, Anne Arundel County Maryland.

Scroll down to review the bibliography and reference materials used to prepare this report.

Copies of the investigation reports are filed at the Maryland Historical Trust’s library.

Partners in the Iron Forge investigation include:

Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)
The Maryland Historical Trust (Trust) is a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. The Trust is an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032
Phone: 410-514-7600

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.

580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
1-877-620-8DNR (8367)

Patapsco Valley State Park
Managed by DNR, Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 14,000 acres and five developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions. The iron forge site discovery was made within the park but is not a publicly accessed site.

8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Call 1-888-432-CAMP(2267) for reservations


MAA would like to thank the following for help during the investigation and website preparation:

Beth Cole, Preservation Office, Maryland Historical Trust, for assistance and consultation.

Arnold “Butch” Norden, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, for assistance and consultation.

URS, for research and assistance.

Bibliography Information

MBruchey, Stuart Weems
1979 Robert Oliver, Merchant of Baltimore 1783-1819. Arno Press, New York.

Gilbert, Geoffrey
1984 “Maritime Enterprise in the New Republic: Investment in Baltimore Shipping, 1789
1793.” The Business History Review. Vol 58, No. 1; 14-29.

Gordon, Robert B.
2001 American Iron 1607 – 1900. John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.

Griffith, Dennis
1794 Map of the state of Maryland: laid down from an actual survey of all the principal
waters, public roads, and divisions of the counties therein: describing the situation of the
cities, towns, villages, houses of worship, and other public buildings, furnaces, forges,
mills, and other remarkable places, and of the Federal Territory: as also a sketch of the
state of Delaware, shewing the probable connexion of the Chesapeake and Delaware
Philadelphia: J. Vallance.

Hopkins, Hopkins, G.M.
1878 Atlas of Fifteen Miles Around Washington, Anne Arundel County. Map on file at
Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland.

Howell, Courtney
2008 Illustration of a Trip Hammer. WITF, Inc. Available at
, last accessed June 2008.

Hunter, Brooke
2005 “Wheat, War and the American Economy during the Age of Revolution.” William and
Maryland Quarterly
, 3rd Series, Vol. LXII, 3: 505-526.

Kirby, Robert M., and Earl D. Matthews
1973 Soil Survey of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. United States Department of
Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, Washington D.C.

Martenet, S.J.
1860 Map of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Map on file in the Library of Congress,
Geography and Map Division, G3843.A5 1860 M3.Vault.

Maryland Geological Survey
1917 Anne Arundel County. The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
2007 Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Web
Soil Survey. Available online at
Date of last access:

Officer, Lawrence H.
2008 “Purchasing Power of British Pounds from 1264 to 2007.” Measuring Worth. Electronic
document, accessed May 12, 2008. Institute for the Measurement of Worth.

Robbins, Eleanora I. and Arnold W. Norden
1994 Microbial Oxidation of Iron and Manganese in Wetlands and Creeks of Maryland,
Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 
Eleventh Annual International Coal Conference
Proceedings, v. 2, p. 1154-1159.

Sharrer, G. Terry
1984 “The Merchant-Millers: Baltimore Flour Milling Industry, 1783-1860.” Agricultural
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Singewald, J.T. Jr.
1911 Report on the iron ores of Maryland. Maryland Geological Survey Special Publication,
Volume IX, Part III. The Hopkins Press, Baltimore.

United States Geologic Survey (USGS)
1891 Relay, Maryland 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle
1907 Relay, Maryland 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle
1947 Relay, Maryland 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle

Archival Sources

Maryland State Archives (MSA)
Anne Arundel County (AA Co.) Land Records
Unpatented Certificate 389, 1744
Patented Certificate 1634, 1758
Liber NH 4, folio 50; 1788
Liber NH6, folio 218; 1791
Liber NH 14, folio 541; 1808
Liber WSG 6, folio 60; 1818
Liber NHG 5, folio 80; 1855
Liber SH 12, folio 480; 1869
Liber SH 5, folio 534; 1871
Liber SH 11, folio 436; 1877
Liber SH 21, folio 125; 1883
Liber SH 42, folio 197; 1892
Liber GW 58, folio 335; 1908
Liber GW 57; folio 178; 1907
Liber GW 129, folio 67; 1916
Liber WNW 5, folio 262; 1919
Liber GW 133, folio 490; 1917
Liber FAM 146, folio 232; 1935

Maryland State Papers
MSA S 143: Assessment of 1783, Anne Arundel County, Huntington Hundred

Anne Arundel County Probate Records
Wills Liber 30, folio 761, 1759
Chancery Court, Williams vs. Yellott, 1807
Chancery Records, Liber 142, folio 682-700, 1830

Archives of Maryland
Provincial Court (Land Records)1763-1765. Vol. 703, 236-241, 1764
Hanson’s Laws of Maryland. Vol. 203, 218-219; 1779