Walnut Grove Archaeology Project

WALNUT GROVE ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT – 2017

The Walnut Grove Archaeology Project’s excavation area will open on May 16, 2017.  Digging will commence every Tuesday and Wednesday thereafter.  In certain cases, the team may also meet on Saturdays.  Days that are not spent digging will be spent washing and cataloging artifacts.

In 2017, archaeological excavation on the grounds of the Fenton History Center will continue to take place in an area where an early structure associated with the mansion once stood.  This area is located under the pine trees near the steamboat propeller. 

Determining the specific size and use of this structure is one of the primary objectives of the 2017 dig.  The team will also be investigating the location of the preexisting carriage house and the mansion’s west side house addition. (See corresponding photographs below.)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  Due to the confined space and small scale of the project, the number of participants is limited.  If you are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and would like to join us call the Fenton History Center at (716) 664-6256 to express your interest.

For more information check out the link to our  2017 participant brochure .

Please continue to check this section of the website as the dig progresses for periodic updates. 

Anyone who interested in the progress of this project is also encouraged to attend Walnut Grove Archaeology Project Year 6 By Dr. Thomas Greer on September 13 from 12 PM to 1 PM. This talk a part of the Brown Bag Lunchtime talk series that takes place each summer on the second Wednesday of each month from April throughout the month of October. Food and drink is permitted. See this year’s full line-up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks in 2017 here: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/category/events/brown-bag-lunchtime-talks/ 

 

View various photographs pertaining to the Fenton History Center’s Walnut Grove Archaeology Project: 

 

1866

An 1866 photograph where you can see the cupola of the building we believe we are excavating peeking out from behind the mansion.

 

 

1871-1882

The building we believe we are excavating on hand painted birds-eye maps from 1871 and 1882.

 

1902 MAP

This is a 1902 map depicting the mansion and other structures on the property at that time. The building we are excavating is no longer present and the green house appears in its place.

 

google map with previous buildings superimposed

Current Google map depicting the mansion and other structures on the property at the time the family lived there. The building we are excavating is no longer present and the greenhouse appears in its place.

 

2015 2

A small sample of the bottles that were found intact during the 2016  excavation.

 

F OVER

An overall look at the excavation site.

 

Dr. Greer and a volunteer hard at work at the dig.

Dr. Greer and a volunteer hard at work at the dig.

 


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