History enthusiasts and nature lovers may want to join us at New Quarter Park on Saturday, March 11, for a walk and talk to learn about recent discoveries by archaeologists working at this York County park. The program begins at 10 a.m. Led by Dave Brown, co-director of the Fairfield Foundation, the walk and talk will take participants to the site of an early manor house where the public will learn about the work of historical archaeologists.
In 1781 and 1782, following the Siege of Yorktown, French cartographers mapped ten structures on the New Quarter Park property. In 1977, when York County acquired the park property, historians were aware of the map and believed the structures depicted belonged to Nathaniel Burwell of Carter's Grove - whose property included a nearby slave quarter labeled "New Quarter" on the map.
However, in 2016, during public archaeology excavations at the park, the foundation of a substantial brick dwelling with plaster walls was discovered. This find, along with clues from pottery, glass, and metal artifacts triggered research to learn more. And you can learn more at the walk and talk!
Public archaeology digs at New Quarter Park have been supported by York County, the York County Historical Museum, the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society, and the Middle Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Archaeology Society.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood in the Greater Williamsburg area of York County. For more information about upcoming programs, call New Quarter Park Friday through Sunday at (757) 890-5840 or York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) Monday through Friday at (757) 890-3513. Information is available online at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec.
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