The Beverly Heritage Center is inviting the public to come and see archaeology in action at the Collett House in Beverly. The dig will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 12-13 behind the Collett House, located on Collett Street, next to the Presbyterian Church.
This event is an educational dig, approved by the WVSHPO, in which archaeologists hope to find diagnostic artifacts relating to life in Beverly; indications of the different uses the Collett House has had; and in general, perhaps a timeline for history in small, rural towns in West Virginia. The public is invited to watch archaeology in progress and ask questions of the archaeologists as well as community members and historians.
The Collett House has historically been used as a tavern, inn, family residence, saddle shop and housed the female seminary in the 1880s. The log structure, built in the late 1700s, still stands within the Collett House, though there have been multiple additions to it. The dig will take place in back of the Collett House and will be lead by Alison Thornton, an archaeologist and Americorps member at the Beverly Heritage Center.
"Public archaeology is one way to get people interested in history," Thornton said. "I hope that this dig will excite community members, and spread the word about how fascinating Beverly's history is."
This is an outdoor activity and weather dependent. Contact the Beverly Heritage Center for more information at 304-637-7424, at www.beverlyheritagecenter.org, or check for updates on our Facebook page.