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!
Here’s a link to and article on Crampton’s Gap Historic District.
Maryland Historic Trust
The Burkittsville Preservation Association, Inc. (BPA) formed to save the Shafer Farm, an 1840 farmhouse that served as command post for Union General William Franklin during the Battle of South Mountain in September 1862. Situated at a high elevation overlooking Crampton’s Gap in the Burkittsville Historic District, the property includes a bank barn and stone smokehouse in addition to the farmhouse. The house has sat empty since the last Shafer occupant passed away, at age 103, in 2003. Today, the farmhouse’s most pressing preservation needs include sealing the roof from leaks, stabilizing the roof joist and supporting brick material, installing a gutter on the west wall to move water away from the foundation, and stabilizing the west wall and west roof apex. The 1840s barn structure requires stabilization due to the loss of a section of the roof. The volunteers who formed BPA envision the property as a publicly accessible historic site where for visitors can learn about the Maryland Campaign of 1862 as well as 19th century farm life.
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