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Digging Domestic Spaces: An Exploration of Homesteads, Habitations and Farms

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2014

These papers highlight recent research on domestic spaces encountered on farms, habitations and homesteads across North America. Spanning the 17th to the 19th centuries, multiples forms of case studies area presented on both coastal and inland sites.


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  • After They Drove Old Dixie Down: Identity and Isolation in a Southwestern Oregon Mountain Refuge (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Chelsea Rose. Mark Tveskov.

    In the spring of 1872 the ‘Carolina Company’ wagon train left the war-torn Appalachian Mountains and headed to Oregon. Pulling up generations’ worth of roots in a region particularly devastated by the infamous Stoneman’s Raid of 1865, the group eventually found refuge on a remote mountain on the Southwest Oregon Coast, where they were given three years to ‘starve out’ by neighboring communities. Described as ‘the bone and sinew’ of the south, the Carolina Company soon established a mill, school,...

  • The Bimeler House Restoration: A Case Study in Historic Preservation and Research Archaeology, Zoar Village, Tuscarawas County, Ohio (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Chandler Herson.

    In 2012, the Ohio Historical Society undertook efforts to restore and stabilize the damaged foundation of the Bimeler House in Zoar Village, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. This paper looks to examine how the research efforts at the Bimeler house have shone some light on how the Zoarites may have lived while also examining the CRM aspects in restoring a portion of an important home in Ohio history in a unique way.

  • By which so much happiness is produced’: An Analysis of the Seventeenth-Century Kirke Tavern at Ferryland, Newfoundland (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Sarah Ingram.

    One component of the Ferryland colony yet to be examined is the seventeenth-century tavern owned by the Kirke family. As affluent wine merchants, there is potential to learn not only how the Kirkes operated their tavern, but also more about the merchants, sailors, and colonists that populated the colony and frequented the tavern, as well as how this tavern relates to others in comparable contexts across seventeenth century North America. My research explores how the consumption patterns...

  • A Case of a Missing House at Colonial Brunswick Town: The Rediscovery of the Wooten-Marnan Residence (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Jennifer Gabriel-Powell.

    Archaeological investigations by William Peace University Field Schools in 2009 and 2011 uncovered evidence of previously unexplored colonial period occupation at Brunswick Town. Initially identified by Stanley South in the late 1950s, town lot 344 was not further investigated as it was outside of the area being developed for public visitation. Upon correlation with the 2009 and 2011 base map with South’s 1960 base map and C.J. Sauthier’s 1769 plan of the town, a cluster of units corresponded...

  • Clifton Park Mansion Archaeology: Henry Thompson, Johns Hopkins, and the City of Baltimore, Maryland (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Mechelle Kerns.

    The Clifton Mansion was originally a two-story Federal style farmhouse, built ca. 1800 by Baltimore merchant Henry Thompson. The property was purchased by famed philanthropist Johns Hopkins and expanded between 1841 and 1853 into a Italianate villa that served as his summer home. The City of Baltimore purchased the Clifton Mansion property in 1895 from Johns Hopkins University. It was later home to the headquarters for the City of Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. Clifton Mansion...

  • Diversity in Decor: Fireplace Tiles and Murals from the Overhills Estate on Fort Bragg (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton.

    The Overhills Estate became property of the United States government in 1997. Previously the estate was a private, exclusive leisure and sports home for the vacationing Rockefeller family and their special guests, and later a working farm. Several residences were built on the estate, along with support structures and landscape features geared towards recreational activities of seasonal visitors. At its pinnacle, the furnishings of these domestic buildings represented affluence. Of particular...

  • Dwelling in Space through Knowledge of Place: Building on Epistemological Understandings of the Seventeenth-Century British Atlantic (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Hayden Bassett.

    Epistemologies of space, environment, dwelling, and the body are essential to the study of past individuals through their constructed spaces. Most important to this study is the notion that one’s knowledge of the world is integral to the ways in which one dwells within it. This paper explores colonial English epistemologies of climate through an analysis of dwelling spaces of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Using Ingold’s notion of the “weather-world”, I consider Early-Modern perceptions of air,...

  • The Everett Site (11S801): An Early American Period Farmstead in Shiloh Valley Township, St. Clair County, Illinois (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Matthew E. Cross. Mark C. Branstner.

    The American period colonization of southwest Illinois can be traced to the 1798 establishment of the Turkey Hill Settlement and the ca. 1802 founding of the Ridge Prairie Settlement, near modern Belleville in St. Clair County. Most of these early period settlers were transplants from the slightly earlier settlements of the trans-Appalachian Upland South. One of the earliest of these was David Everett, the son-in-law of a prominent Methodist circuit rider, Jesse Walker, who operated in Kentucky,...

  • An Examination of Mashantucket Pequot Social Activities and Identity Around the Turn of the Nineteenth-Century Through On-Reservation Ceramic Assemblages (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT John Kelly. Phillip Mendenhall.

    Two recently excavated turn of the nineteenth-century Mashantucket Pequot households have offered a glimpse into the Native use of European manufactured ceramics on the reservation in southeastern Connecticut. The Schemitzun Site (72-208) and the 72-226 Site have allowed for a large-sample analysis of a variety of vessel forms and types of varying quality acquired by the Pequot residents of these localities during the colonial era. These Native owned ceramics provide insight into the social...

  • The Gorman House Project: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Historical Archaeology (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Lindsey Stallard.

    On a residential lot that was once owned and lived on by two African American women in the mid-1850’s, there is now a somewhat dilapidated house. Based on recent surveys it is now confirmed that this house is the original homestead of these women. This house is the remaining physical link to the unique story of Hannah and Eliza Gorman; a mother and daughter who crossed the Oregon Trail as domestic slaves. Once in Oregon, they gained their freedom and established their lives within the Corvallis...

  • Historical archaeological discoveries of the Lordship Petite-Nation (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT André Miller.

    The excavations carried out for three years in Plaisance Park, the cradle of the Lordship of the Petite-Nation, indicate that the remains and artifactual concentrations are associated with three separate houses, wooden houses, presumably piece by piece type. One of these house was clearly more rudimentary building so it is likely the Trading Post or Fort de la Petite-Nation. The second housing coated with plaster walls and structural elements of stone, seems to have been designed for continuous...

  • Historical Archaeology at Emma and Joseph Smith, Jr’s Farm in Harmony, Pennsylvania (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Matthew Kirk. Corey McQuinn. Benjamin Pykles.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Church) and Hartgen completed excavations at the home of Church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. in Harmony Township, Penna., in advance of a new interpretive center. The visitors’ center incorporates two important properties in Church history: the Smiths’ home (c.1827-1830) where Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon; and, the home and farm of his father-in-law, Isaac Hale (c.1792’1843). A principal goal of the investigation was to gather data in...

  • La mise en valeur de la maison Robert Bélanger (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Marie-Claude Morin.

    Située dans l'arrondissement de Saint-Laurent, la maison Robert-Bélanger est une ancienne maison en pierres, représentative des habitations de ferme construites sur l'île de Montréal au début du XIXe siècle. C'est l'un des rares bâtiments de ce type sur le territoire et le dernier de l'ancienne côte Saint-Louis-du-Bois-Franc. Laissée à l'abandon et non entretenue pendant quelques années, la maison fut acquise récemment par la Ville afin d'être mise en valeur pour le bénéfice de la population....

  • Resurrecting Old Pattonia: Uncovering the Lifeways of a Nineteenth Century Shipping Port Community (2014)
    Citation DOCUMENT Zachary Overfield.

    An East Texas steamboat landing community, known as Pattonia, operated from 1843 to the late 19th century. This paper interprets the architectural features that once stood at Pattonia and their spatial organization. Additionally, I conduct a ceramic analysis of two household assemblages with unknown occupants in order to determine their relative socioeconomic status and reconstruct the social landscape of Pattonia. This research is based on data collected during two field seasons of excavation,...

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America