This blog follows the reconstruction of the Revolutionary War Public Armoury on the James Anderson site
Reconstruction of the Blacksmith's & Public Armoury
May 31, 2012
What’s Happening at the Armoury…And What Would You Like to Hear About?
The Roving Webcam offers just a narrow view of what’s happening at the Armoury on a daily basis. Beyond the camera’s reach, our Historic Trades carpenters have constructed a new shed along the east property line. Temporarily covered with canvas, it will eventually sport a riven oak roof. Once completed, this shed will provide shelter for trades activities (carpenters, coopers, basket-makers, and wheelwrights), as well as for carts and wagons. Also on the east side of the property, the bread oven has been cranking out some tasty loaves to accompany a variety of stews (beef, on one day this week, and oyster on another) cooked in the adjacent kitchen. Eleanor, the Armoury cat, has never had it so good!
So what does the upcoming schedule look like? The tin shop foundations were laid in April. Raw materials have been ordered for the frame; these should be received sometime in June. Over the summer, the Historic Trades carpenters will pit saw the framing members at Great Hopes Plantation, and anticipate “warming down” with a couple of months of clapboard- and shingle-production. Summer, for our joiners, will be spent fabricating windows, doors, and shutters. Frame-raising for the tin shop is scheduled for early December, with an anticipated completion date sometime around Easter 2013. There will be activity at the tin shop long before December, however. If you are here (physically or virtually) in August or September, you may catch the Historic Trades Brick Masons constructing the tin shop’s chimney and fireplace. In preparation for that event, there is a brick kiln firing scheduled for July 18th -22nd .
In the meantime, archaeologists head back out to the field on June 4th to complete work at the southern end of the Armoury property. Excavation will take place between early June and the end of August (about 12 weeks) along the 18th century fenceline. As things turn exciting (and they often do) we’ll be sure to get some webcam coverage of archaeological activities.
As you can see, a variety of long-term activities will keep us busy over upcoming months, but many of these occur off-site, beyond the reach of our webcams. So in order to keep the Armoury blog lively, we’d like to know what YOU’D like to know! We are soliciting blog topics from our faithful (and even our occasional) blog readers. This is your opportunity to appear above the “comments” line! Toss us a topic and we’ll work you into the schedule!
June 8th, 2012. The map at left is quite difficult to read. The current excavation is shown in turquoise, the James Anderson House (on Duke of Gloucester Street) in gray, and the new, and soon-to-be Armoury buildings (the forge, kitchen, and tin shop) in red. So what are the other hatched or shaded squares? They represent the limits of past excavations on the site. As you can see, the Armoury property has seen a great deal of archaeological investigation , all of which will culminate in the reconstruction currently underway.
In our current excavation we are not only continuing out excavation of the Armoury’s perimeter fenceline, we are looking at the differences between the Armoury property, and the adjacent lot to the west. If you’ve been watching the Roving webcam this week, you’ve seen us trying to get our archaeological bearings…finding the overlap with past excavations to be certain that we’ve covered everything.
Over the weekend we will flip the Roving Webcam around to face the Armoury yard, since there will be no archaeology to watch. Early next week you can expect a return to the excavation.
Funded by a generous gift from Forrest E. Mars Jr., of Big Horn, Wyoming.