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Archive for June, 2011

Its early in the analysis of the findings from the archaeological dig at the GCHNMP, and “no” the old courthouse has not  been located, yet. But some  interesting discoveries have been made. (See previous Posting) Several footings were unearthed including the one in the photo. Much of this site was excavated by Rachel Smith and Rebecca Lowe

Rachel Smith and Rebecca Lowe at footing they have excavated

Dr. Linda Stine, leader of the archaeological team of students from UNCG, reports that among the items unearthed “we found a lovely fragment of clear goblet base, probably cut glass; a fragment of olive green bottle glass (both most likely 18th century); a handful of early hand-made wrought nails and some small fragments of ceramics (1780-1830 etc.). ”

The major purpose of this expedition is to locate the site of the Guilford Courthouse building which was extant at the time of the battle. Other information gleaned from the study will contribute to our knowledge of the area during that period.

Old Foundation excavated

This archaeological study is financed in part by a contribution from the Guilford Battleground Company. The GBC appreciates the financial support of its members and other contributors which allows the GBC to fund this significant  historical research in the park. As additional information on the dig becomes available, we will report in  News and Notes.

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The recently dedicated General Greene Library  located in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is now open each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm. Appointments to open  at other times  may be made by calling 336.288.1776.

The library is staffed by volunteer librarians who are continuing to catalog  the collection. Its focus is on American history prior to 1830.Judie DavieWright

Judie DavieWright is serving as one of the volunteers in the library

Whether your are writing a book or researching a paper about this period you may find just the information you need.  If you are interested in volunteering in the Nathanael Greene Library, please contact Nancy Stewart at the park by phone (336-288-1776) or email (Nancy_Stewart@partner.nps.gov).

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In Greensboro for the July 4th Weekend? It will be a great time to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park to learn about  lifestyles  in the Colonial period and a great opportunity to celebrate our nation’s 235th birthday.
See the schedule below for  Saturday, July 2nd  and Sunday, July 3rd.  Some activities are dependent on  weather conditions, so if you have a question, call 336.288.1776

Daily Schedule of Events for Saturday, 7/2/11 and Sunday 7/3/11
10 AM to 4 PM Tours of the Hoskins Farm at the Colonial Heritage Center

10 AM to 4 PM Living History Encampment with the Guilford Militia at Tour Stop 6

11 AM Guided Battlefield Tour begins at Visitor Center

2 PM Guided Battlefield Tour begins at Visitor Center

Click on the link below for the Monday July 4th schedule of activities and events.

July 4th schedule for 2011

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At the Annual Meeting of the Guilford Battleground Company held on June 9th the following board members and officers were elected.

Elected for a three year term (2011-2014) as new directors are: Frank Biggerstaff, Louis Bouvier, Patrick Nugent, and Peter Riechard. Returning directors elected for the same term are: Mitchell Hunt, Robb Hutchison, Bill Lancaster, Charlie Rodenbough, David Senter, Jim Sheek, Robin Taylor, Doug Thorne, and Greg Woodard.

Officers elected for the 2011-2012 year are: President- Frank Mascia; 1st Vice-President – Bill Lancaster; 2nd Vice-President – Dan O’Shea; 3rd Vice-President – Rose Marie Ponton; Treasurer – Mitchell Hunt;  Assistant Treasurer – Andrew Howle; Secretary – Jim Plyler.

Jim Kirkpatrick serves as the Honorary (Lifetime) Chairman.

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On Saturday, June 11th, from 10 am to 3:00 pm Guilford Courthouse National Military Park will be hosting an Archaeology Family Day for the public. There will be presentations, activities for the whole family, and tours.  Visitors will get a chance to see the archaeological team and the many tools that are used every day in the field as well as learn of techniques and skills that need to be mastered in order to be a part of this fast-moving scientific field.  This is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to see what the profession of archaeology is all about.

Since May 23, 2011, university students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the National Park have been teamed together to uncover the courthouse used in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Throughout the past few weeks, the students have been using their skills learned in the classroom to better understand the field application of their knowledge. During the field school, students are collaborating and excavating within the park using ground penetrating radar, metal detectors, and traditional archeological techniques.

Drs.Linda and Roy Stine lead the team

Thanks to a generous cash donation from the Guilford Battleground Company that was matched by a Federal Partnership Grant, and the hard work of the University of North Carolina, the National Park Service is finally able to hold this level of excavation. “Guilford Courthouse, which stood at the eastern edge of the battlefield, is a lost treasure in the history of our nation” said Park Superintendent Charles Cranfield. The Courthouse is where Andrew Jackson practiced law before his presidency, President George Washington visited during his 1791 tour, and where the center of a small backwoods town (Guilford Courthouse)  existed before Greensboro became the county seat of Guilford County.

Further information and daily events will be posted through the group’s Facebook site:  Finding the Courthouse

The GBC is delighted to be able to provide financial assistance for this important endeavor. The site of the courthouse is shown on several maps drawn shortly after the battle, but its actual location has been debated by scholars for many years. We hope this search will be able to identify that site. We are grateful to the Patriot members of the GBC whose contributions have made this significant search possible.

High tech equipment such as the  ground penetrating radar is being used for the first time in the search for the courthouse, but the “on your hands and knees” digging in the hot sun, and sifting the soil for items are still a major part of the search. What is thought to be a brick chimney base, 18th century nails, pottery shards and teeth are among the items already unearthed.

See Triad News 14 video of the dig at the following link.    http://triad.news14.com/content/top_stories/641499/students-help-on-archaeological-dig-to-find-courthouse

Visit the team in action below. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

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