Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We are back for Summer 2015!

Simpson Lot in bloom

We are excited to return to the field during Summer 2015 to continue investigating the Simpson Lot! The Simpson Lot is a 3.05 acre parcel located in the modern neighborhood that was graciously donated to Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site. Arcadia is managed by UWF Historic Trust, a direct support organization of the University of West Florida.

Simpson House ca. 1840
This year we will continue investigating the remains of the historic Simpson House (ca. 1835-1935), the three-story Louisiana-style mansion of E. E. Simpson and his family. The historic home stood for 100 years, but succumbed to a fire on 1 March, 1935.

14B Unit 125, west basement wall

During summer 2014, the crew uncovered intact structural features such as brick walls and a wooden basement floor with a brick subfloor. This year we will continue to delineate the boundaries of the Simpson house by identifying the south and east brick basement walls, in addition to identifying brick piers. We will also investigate associated outbuildings located in and around the Simpson house area.

We will host Friday field labs from 10 am to 2 pm every Friday in June and July 10th and 17th, and as always we encourage people to visit us in the field! Stay tuned for more information!

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