One of the 300th's most special partners is the 1759 Vought House --- the best surviving Loyalist House of which anyone is aware -- and a house that has some of the most unique architectural elements in the United States is hosting a public archaeology program in conjunction with Montclair State University, led by Dr. Christopher Matthews.
The active dig will occur at the Christoffel Vought House site from Monday through Saturday - July 7-12 and July 14-19. AND YOU'RE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!
The site of the dig was determined by shovel test pits that uncovered foundations which may be a summer kitchen and an ancillary house.
The public is welcome to join, for a day or a full 12 days.
No experience is necessary though all participants are expected to attend a fieldwork orientation and commit to work at least one full day. Participants must also provide their own water, food, sunscreen & insect repellent.
The participation fee is $15/day or $65 for five weekdays. Saturday sessions are also available.
The sign up sheet and further information is on their webpage www.1759VoughtHouse.org or request via email from firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our lecture series, on Sunday, October 5th, Historian Don Sherblom, Architect Michael Margulies and Montclair State University Archeologist Chris Mathews will give various presentations regarding the recent archeological exploration of the 1756 Vought House -- (THE STUFF YOU COULD HAVE DUG UP!). Following a Question & Answer session, groups of 10 people at a time will tour the house while others explore the topics of the history and architecture of the Vought House and the recent Phase I restoration.