Van Schaick 1720 Flintlock Fowler, from the Van Schaick Mansion

This is a Dutch Fowler made by Penterman of Utrecht, Holland, circa 1720, for Anthony Van Schaick, a wealthy merchant, Indian trader and Captain in the New York militia throughout the French and Indian War period. His name is engraved on the barrel. It looks like what is known as a “Hudson Valley Fowler,” however, …

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This is the exact spot on the Virginia Frontier where legendary frontiersman Simon Kenton became Simon Butler

If you’ve read “The Frontiersman” by Allan Eckert, you remember the part where young Simon Kenton, who was fleeing what he thought would be a murder charge in Faquier County after getting in a fight, became Simon “Butler.” Simon had the sense to find out the name of the owner of each new location he …

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Some before and after shots I put together of historic Greenbrier Valley (and a couple other) locations.

We love putting before and after shots together of real locations found in historic photographs. Here are a few we did over the past year around the Greenbrier Valley. Starting with, our house: John Wesley United Methodist Church, hit with a cannonball during the Civil War, and it’s still there. Or well, the hole is …

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Footage and Finds: Donnally’s Fort in Greenbrier County

Donnally’s Fort, in Greenbrier County, was the site of the 2nd largest Revolutionary War era battle between Native Americans and white settlers in West Virginia, second only to the epic Battle of Point Pleasant. This battle was epic in its own way. Check out the connection we made with this event….. Narrative of the Attack …

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Another 18th century WV frontier cabin we’re working on. This time it has to move…

This log cabin has been used as a barn for a long, long time. But we believe it was a primitive 18th century log cabin dwelling originally. We have to move this structure of the current property, which sits very close to the site of the frontier fort known as Thompson’s Fort – somewhat of …

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A beautiful historic home in the Greenbrier Valley you never knew was there. The Gwinn Plantation.

SAMUEL GWINN CABIN/HO– USE – Samuel Gwinn is believed to have settled on the Greenbrier River at the same time as his friend James Graham, building a log cabin across the Greenbrier River from Graham, circa 1770. The log cabin is now gone, unlike the Graham cabin, but I did track it down. And there …

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Artifacts recovered at Jamestown

Jamestown relics which will hopefully be featured in the Scavengeology Museum…. Pure #Merica. Above all else, I’ve never felt history flow through my veins when holding an object than when holding this sword. What a piece of the past… A little on Jamestown: The Jamestown[1] settlement in the Colony of Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. It …

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