Bayly Architectural Investigations

Under contract with the Maryland Department of State Highways, the author conducted an intensive architectural investigation of the Bayly property outbuilding, located in Cambridge, Maryland.  The Bayly outbuilding is a one-story, gable-roofed, frame structure, which has been hypothesized to be a rare surviving early slave quarter.  Close examination of the historic fabric uncovered multiple phases of construction, beginning in the mid-18th century and extending into the mid-20th century.  The building was relocated to the current location in the mid-19th century.  The physical evidence points to non-domestic uses after the building was relocated, first as a store room and later as a workshop.  The original function is less apparent, but, based on the site context, it could have been used as an office or as a kitchen/slave quarter.    

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