May 6, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 7, November 11
Our most recent dig projects included the B&O Pavilion (Station) and the Power House. Feel free to stop by and participate in any of our monthly digs. Plan to arrive early as there is no telling what we'll find! We usually end the dig around 3pm. If you would like to join in, please bring a pair of gloves and meet us at 9am in the parking lot of Brandywine Springs Park.
Our current project is the Chalybeate Spring.
The Friends of Brandywine Springs conduct archaeological digs once a month. Over the years, we have unearthed a large number of broken artifacts from the site. Many of these are on display at the Red Clay Valley Visitor's Center and Museum, located on the Wilmington & Western Railroad's Greenbank Station property.
Our digs have also resulted in the locating of many of the park's structures. Once a building's footers are found, we install a sign with a picture and description of that building. Many of these green signs are now located throughout the park.
Archaeological Excavations at Brandywine Springs
The Chalybeate Spring Dig
A dig was performed at the Theater in the summer of 2007. This photo shows the volunteer archaeological team looking for the building's footers - in the end, only one footer was found.
Councilman Tim Sheldon helped rebuild the building porch footers on the Ladies Pavilion. Ed Lipka looks on. Thank you, Tim.
After an investigation, we erected four yellow building corner posts and sign to show visitors the size of the Exhibit Hall. The red circles indicate the three posts farthest from the camera, and the sheer size of the building.
This CAD drawing shows the FOBS archaeology site map.
This is how the site looked before the dig started in 2011. We had no idea what to expect.
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