Camp 'a Colchester: Fairfax County, VA

Author(s): jean Cascardi; Megan B Veness

Year: 2016


Acquired in 2006 the Old Colchester Park and Preserve is over 145 acres located in Lorton, Virginia situated on the Occoquan River and is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s system of parks. Archaeological investigations in the park have revealed foundations contemporary to the Colchester port tobacco town that was in operation from ca. 1754-1830. Through research and various survey methods the Colchester Archaeological Research Team (CART) have discovered the presence of numerous features including a stone foundation at the intersection of Old Colchester and Furnace roads. A 1781 map of Colchester by Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau places structures near this intersection and in 2013, a stone foundation was exposed. But the full extent and size of the building is unknown. The artifacts recovered suggest the building is a domestic structure concurrent with the town of Colchester.

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Camp 'a Colchester: Fairfax County, VA. jean Cascardi, Megan B Veness. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434847)

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Temporal Keywords
US Colonial

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): 426