Friday, March 31, 2023

Archaeologists are looking for help from locals with 18th century manor

Archaeologists from the Fairfield foundation are looking for locals to join them in a dig in New Quarter Park. (WYDaily/courtesy York County)
Archaeologists from the Fairfield foundation are looking for people to join them in New Quarter Park for a dig. (WYDaily/courtesy York County)

Amateur archaeologists can get their history fix in the area as Public Archaeology Dig Days in York County continue in September.

Archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation, a non-profit that promotes public involvement in archaeology, are looking for area residents to join them in a dig to sort through artifacts that date back hundreds of years, according to a release from the county. The dig will focus on the Ellyson Armistead site, an 18th century manor located at the center of the park.

The Armistead site is one of several foundations mapped by a French cartographer in 1782. Although the structure was later abandoned and had since disappeared by the time the county opened the park in the 1980’s, archaeologists found the most prominent site on the park property in 2015.

Now, archaeologists are looking to recover artifacts from the site. Some of the recovered items might include bricks, nails plaster, shells, ceramics, glass, stone and metal fragments.

On Thursday and Friday, volunteers can come out to New Quarter Park in York County to participate in this historic dig. Participants can sign up for shifts from 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. on either day. For each shift, there are ten available slots.  

To register, email

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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