Socioeconomic Status of a Self-Sufficient 19th Century Homestead

Author(s): Abigail K Kindler

Year: 2016


In the summer of 2011, Lindenwood University began excavating in the Femme Osage Creek Valley in St. Charles County, Missouri. Near to the Historic Nathaniel Boone Home, a hidden 19th century homestead site has been found with the remains of numerous buildings, as well as a two-lane drive. The property also includes a stone well, middens, and evidence of domesticated plants. One of the main hypotheses of this site is the possibility of the self-sufficiency of the homestead. This would not have been an uncommon occurrence in the time period, and is supported by the presence of these features as well as artifact analysis. This paper will discuss the evidence for such self-sufficiency as well as the socioeconomic class of the homestead. With the results of this study, new information will be revealed and a springboard for future research will be made.

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Socioeconomic Status of a Self-Sufficient 19th Century Homestead. Abigail K Kindler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434727)

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

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