Yorktown Preservation Society Presents Debut of New Publication: "Yorktown's Buried History-From Chiskiack to the Civil War"
"Yorktown's Buried History - From Chiskiack to the Civil War", a book detailing the story of the Chiskiack Watch archaeology dig will be the focus of a program presented by co-author Nicholas M. Luccketti at the November 5th meeting of the Yorktown Preservation Society. The book that began as a project of the Yorktown Branch of the APVA (now The Yorktown Preservation Society) followed the adage "if it isn't published, it never happened". The project and some initial funds were soon turned over to the York County Historical Museum, who ultimately published the book.
The ground between Ballard and Buckner streets arguably is one of the most historic pieces of property in the country. In 1988, when plans were submitted to York County to build townhouses on that property, its archeological riches came precariously close to being lost forever. Fortunately, the developers were concerned that important archeological remains might be present on their proposed Chiskiack Watch development. On their own, they funded an excavation conducted by the Yorktown Archaeological Trust. Compressed on two colonial lots, they found evidence of 400 years of York County history, including Native American hearths, part of a 17th century fortification, the remains of an 18th century kitchen yard complex, and soldiers' huts from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
The program is free to the public and will take place Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 pm in the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 111 Church Street, Yorktown. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
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