When excavated soil from a foundation wall on the verge of collapse adjacent to a colonial era cemetery was cleared for disposal by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), some quick-thinking workers at the site thought better.
They made a snap decision to pile the dirt on a tarp for further examination by local history advocates.
The owner of the previously long-abandoned Martin Weigand Tavern in Newburgh, NY, Thomas Dodd, invited Orange County Historian Johanna Porr Yuan to take a look at the what they found and soon a community driven archaeological survey developed onsite.
Led by Yaun, word went out and local volunteers showed up to dig and screen dirt throughout July of 2021 as a large number of artifacts were discovered.
Yaun will give a virtual talk on the project, “Saving a Tavern: An Archaeological Rescue Project in Newburgh’s Historic District,” on Sunday, December 19th, via Zoom from 2 to 3:15 pm.
For more information or to register, click here.
More information on the Weigand Tavern can be found in A.J. Schenkman’s article in the New York Almanack.
Photo of Weigand Tavern in 2013 courtesy A.J. Schenkman.