tDAR Logo tDAR digital antiquity

Smoking Hams and Pumping Hickory: The Armstrong-Rogers Site in New Castle County, Delaware

Author(s): D. Brad Hatch ; Danae Peckler ; Joe Blondino

Year: 2016

» Downloads & Basic Metadata


From the beginning, initial studies at the Armstrong-Rogers site left more questions than answers. Located within the floodplain of Drawyers Creek just north of Middletown, Delaware, survey and testing efforts uncovered the partial remains of a stone foundation and many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artifacts. Was this the home built by the Armstrong family in the 1730s? An 1820s building occupied by James Rogers? Or something entirely different? The answer, in the end, is a little of all three. Over the course of two months, Dovetail archaeologists used a variety of techniques to reveal details on the historic layout of this land. While we discovered that the main house site had been destroyed in the mid-twentieth century, a host of historic work yard features remained intact, and careful excavation revealed exciting details about the daily operation of this central Delaware farmstead.

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Cite this Record

Smoking Hams and Pumping Hickory: The Armstrong-Rogers Site in New Castle County, Delaware. D. Brad Hatch, Danae Peckler, Joe Blondino. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434604)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 111

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