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Surveying Maryland's Historic Properties

National Park Seminary, Montgomery County

The basis of most work undertaken at or through the Maryland Historical Trust is survey. Surveys are generally conducted on a comprehensive basis to identify all significant resources within a region or study area or related to a study theme. A typical MHT survey project is undertaken in partnership with a county or municipal planning office, a private non-profit sponsor, or with a university, using Maryland Historical Trust Non-Capital Grant funds. Grant-funded surveys at the Trust include four steps:

  • development of a research design;
  • reconnaissance work to identify all historical resources in a given region;
  • intensive-level documentation of resources;
  • evaluation of the survey data and methodology through a final report.

All data gathered through survey projects in Maryland is collected in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties and is made available to the public online or by visiting the MHT Library.

Current and recent grant-funded projects include: systematic architectural surveys in Howard, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester counties; a regional survey along the Patapsco River valley; a thematic study of tobacco barns in southern Maryland; archeological surveys of Somerset County, the Choptank River watershed, and Parkers Creek watershed; and a statewide project to document key historic resources threatened with destruction.


Surveying Architectural Resources

Rinehart Dry House

Information about buildings and other types of standing structures collected during comprehensive survey projects, regulatory compliance, and other research projects must be meet certain guidelines and formatting requirements.

» Learn about the requirements for submitting survey data to MHT

For more information on architectural surveys, contact Heather Barrett at (410) 697-9536.

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Surveying Archeological Resources

Surveying Archeologial Resources in Maryland

Information about archeological resources collected during comprehensive survey projects, regulatory compliance, and other research projects must be meet certain guidelines and formatting requirements.

» Standards and Guidelines for Archeological Investigations in Maryland

For more information on archeological surveys, contact Dennis Curry at (410) 697-9542.