We’ve found a massive amount of pewter so far at Willowbrook, and elsewhere on early Greenbrier Valley frontier sites. For instance, most all of the spoons we’ve found have been of pewter. There’s no doubt that pewter was a valued metal, as well as useful – since it can be easily melted and reused/reformed, or … Read morePewter in the Greenbrier Valley Frontier, and other pewter finds….
This is a really cool artifact important to West Virginia’s oft-ignored history as a frontier middle ground in the mid to late 18th century. This is an original, heavily-used-and-abused, powder horn which belonged to a long-forgotten great West Virginian (yes I know, he was a Virginian, but since he lived within the bounds of West … Read moreCaptain James Parsons Powder Horn (i.e., Parsons, WV) – and the story of a West Virginia Frontiersman, lost to history.
We finally got the first few dozen books in from the publisher. These are in-stock, so they’ll either ship same-day, or next day shipping. We’ll order more when they’re gone, but why not just get one now? 80 pages of color photos of our finds, descriptions of the fort, etc. And you’ll want volume 1 … Read moreBooks are in stock now: The Scavengeology Journal, Vol. 1: “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”
“RCA 19” Rifle a.k.a. Chief Paxinosa’s “Smooth Rifle.” There is an argument to be made that this “smooth rifle,” which means that it is built in a rifle in all ways, except for the lack of the actual rifling, is one of the oldest known American longrifles with an existing record for the date of … Read moreThe RCA 19 Rifle – an epic mid 18th century flintlock “smooth rifle” with an exciting history
AVAILABLE NOW! Click HERE to ORDER. 80 color pages of high quality photos of the discoveries, renovations, and explorations at the site of Byrnside’s Fort at Willowbrook Plantation. SCAV-ENG-E-OL-O-GY: The study of history through the excavation of discarded items, exploring people’s attics, flying drones, and stuff. The term “scavengeology” was coined when the author, a major history … Read moreThe SCAVENGEOLOGY JOURNAL – Volume 1 – “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”
Usually 6th grade history classes end up discussing England’s Glorious Revolution of 1688 , and the consequences in the New England colonies, where the King attempted to control and abuse the colonies. That’s about where they start to fall asleep. But what do you bet they would pay attention if showed them some tangible combat … Read more1691 Dated Powder Horn – a connection with your 6th grade history class
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, who specialized in depictions of the old American West. On assignment for Harper’s, he visited Arcadia, Florida in 1895 and wrote an article for the magazine. From The Herald-Advocate (Wauchula, Fla.) of 6C, July 22, and 6A, July 29, 2010: Contrasted from his familiar Western … Read moreThe wildest and most dangerous place visited by Frederic Remington, in his own words
This is a 1830’s military ankle boot, found at the site of the Battle of Camp Izard from the Second Seminole War in Florida. It was remarkably well preserved in the muck. This location is very close to my family ranch where I spent much of my childhood. My great great grandfather served in this … Read moreSeminole War Army Boot found in the mud in Florida
This impressive log cabin was built 1770-1772 by Col. James Graham. It was the site of a bloody attack in 1777. This special structure is one of the few other surviving frontier blockhouses of the 18th century Virginia frontier, all of which lie within a fairly small radius of the Greenbrier Valley: the Graham Cabin, … Read moreThe bloody history of the Graham Cabin
This is an early flintlock pistol which belonged to William Dyer, an Augusta County Ranger who fought in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant with the Greenbrier Regiment of frontiersmen from the Greenbrier Valley. Dyer shows up on the ledger of the Matthews Trading Post in 1772, possibly buying powder and lead. And maybe some … Read moreWilliam Dyer Pistol – a frontier pistol from the Greenbrier Valley