Eighteenth-Century Life Along Delaware’s Cart Roads: The Noxon Tenancy

Author(s): Andrew Wilkins; John Bedell

Year: 2016


On behalf of the Delaware Department of Transportation, The Louis Berger Group completed an archaeological data recovery at the Noxon Tenancy, a circa 1740 to 1770 domestic site in St. Georges Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. The site was part of the Noxon’s Adventure parcel, patented in 1734 and owned by two generations of the Noxon family. However, the Noxons did not reside on the property, and site was likely a tenant-occupied farm. Phase III test unit and feature excavations yielded a large assemblage of over 7,000 artifacts, the analysis of which allows for the interpretation of site chronology, domestic economy, trade, and foodways in the Delaware coastal plain region. Comparative analysis of the Noxon Tenancy site with other sites in the region allows for a discussion of how the unique social space occupied by mid-eighteenth-century tenants farming along the cart roads of Delaware lived within a larger historical context.

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Eighteenth-Century Life Along Delaware’s Cart Roads: The Noxon Tenancy. Andrew Wilkins, John Bedell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434615)


Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 321