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At Wash and Talk, History is in the Details

Learn more about local history while washing artifacts recovered during a recent archaeology dig at New Quarter Park. The Wash and Talk will be held on Friday, June 23, from 10 am to 12 noon. Meet at tables set up near the park office to clean fragments of ceramics, glass, metal, bone, shell, and brick, then sort them for later analysis by archaeologists.

Artifacts have been recovered from the site of a manor house dating from the first half of the eighteenth century. York County Sheriff Ellyson Armistead lived on the bluff overlooking Queen's Creek, now in the center of the York County park, with his wife and seven children. His granddaughter, Mary Marot Armistead, married John Tyler of Charles City, and they sold the 500-acre parcel to Nathaniel Burwell of Carter's Grove in 1777. By this time, tenants, including several families of free blacks of mixed black and white parentage, lived on the property.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, just past the Queen's Lake neighborhood. For more information, visit or call 757-890-5840.

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