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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s 


Contee Farm

An active agricultural farm filled with cultural and environmental treasures overlooking the Rhode River and Chesapeake Bay.
This website was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.


SERC's purchase of the 500+ acre Contee Farm in 2008 allowed the Smithsonian to begin to focus on investigations that pieced together the rich agricultual and human history of the land over many centuries.

Archaeologists and scientists have begun research on the Contee Farm at a variety of levels. This website is dedicated to showcasing the research and highlighting public programs and events that interpret and disseminate those findings.

Archaeology Resources

Anne Arundel County's Lost Town's Project shares information about their findings around the Java ruins.

Trails and Public Programs

The Contee Watershed Trail
will be open to the public spring 2013! 

The 1.6 miles of trail are rich with cultural and environmental history. The trail includes streams, upland forest, creeks, diverse plant communities including a cypress grove, tidal marsh, and the Sellman Creek shoreline. 

Historic and Pre-historic Artifacts

Gallery of the artifacts found at the Contee Farm site.

Scientist Corner

Explore how environmental scientists and archaeologists study the local watersheds. 

Special Events

There are no special events at this time.
Please check back for future events. 

Getting Here

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
P.O. BOX 28
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, Maryland 21037-0028
P:443-482-2200 F:443-482-2380