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Travel chest lock mechanism from Walnut Grove Plantation, an old stirrup, and a wrought iron spoon?

With all of the quarantining going on, I was able to get a little preservation work in on some items which really needed it. First is this really cool lock mechanism from some sort of old chest, or trunk, or strong box. This was found at historic Walnut Grove Plantation just outside Union, W. Va. I wish I knew the story behind it. It cleaned up really nicely.

Jarrett’s Fort on Wolf Creek

Just like Byrnside’s Fort, Jarrett’s Fort was one of the chain of small private forts through the Revolutionary War era Greenbrier Valley, which served mostly a defensive purpose, as a place to house local inhabitants in times of danger, as well as to garrison Virginia militia “Indian Spies,” who were tasked with patrolling the likely travel corridors for Indian war parties.

Cooking stuff recently excavated from Byrnside’s Fort, all cleaned up and preserved for the SCAV Museum

We found some some ladle, or skillet, handles in the yard at Byrnside’s Fort. They’re blacksmith made, wrought iron forged, each with a little rat tail style curl on the end for hanging around the fireplace. I finally got around to doing some preservation work on the handles in the past few days, and they …

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The Search for Renick’s Fort, and the life of an “Indian Spy”

Renick’s Fort was a small frontier “Indian Spy” style fort, in the chain of Greenbrier Valley Virginia frontier forts, during the 1770’s. As is usually the case, there’s nothing left of it, and we actually don’t even know where it stood, despite the fact that records give us the exact location – at least down …

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