Julie Schablitsky and Aaron Levinthal will be supervising a team of archaeologists at the Arnold farm and the Shafer farm to study the movement of Civil War soldiers during the Maryland Campaign at South Mountain. The photographs below show Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) being used and then metal detectors in a grid by grid survey. Artifacts will be dug up, marked as to their location, cleaned up and documented.
There will be a public day on Saturday, Oct. 19th, from 12:30 to 3:30, where free tours will be given of the house, the outbuildings, and the property. An archaeologist will be available to demonstrate and explain the processes they are using and the goals of their research. Our store will also be open selling shirts, frameable prints, key rings, refrigerator magnets, and drinks. Please come out and visit!
Register now for this event. You can register on the website, or print a registration sheet and send it in with a check. The third option, as we get closer, is to walk on at the same $30 fee.
Today we met with Maryland State Delegate Barrie Ciliberti! Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland, facilitated the meeting that we had at the Hamilton Willard Shafer farm today to introduce Delegate Ciliberti to what we are doing at the farm and what our end goals are. We are hoping to receive a bond bill from the Maryland State Legislature to cover the costs of repairing the west wall, among other things.
BPA Board Member Todd Remaley, Delegate Barrie Ciliberti, Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding, and BPA CEO Paul Gilligan
On Wednesday, September 6th, Gladhill Tractor donated a pre-owned lawn tractor to BPA. This will certainly help us keep the property in better shape during mowing season and our funds can go to preserving the buildings! Many thanks to Maurice Gladhill, pictured in the photos with BPA President Paul Gilligan. Thanks also to Todd Remaley for initiating and following up on the discussion with Mr. Gladhill. We have added Gladhill Tractor to our home page of Corporate Sponsors with a link to their website.
Tri-County Pump Service has volunteered parts and labor to establish access to well water at the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm. Todd Remaley has been working with the company, which has been very receptive to partnering with BPA on the Shafer farm. Todd personally dug himself into a hole about 4′ deep, 4′ wide, and 6′ long in preparation of the Tri-County crew’s visit. They came out on Thursday, June 8th, and completed the hook-up of the hoses and water bib with the electrical switches and pressure gauge. They will be out again to drop a well pump and wire to the switch box in the access hole by the wellhead. From there, they will test the water and install a hand pump. With everything working, we will construct a platform and trough so that we can obtain fresh drinking water for the reenactment in September.
We want to thank Tri-County for their work and recommend their service as a corporate sponsor on our homepage!
Captain Ayres was Chief of Artillery for William F. “Baldy” Smith’s division at Crampton’s Gap. The Report