From the New Castle Historical Society:
On Saturday, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to visit the Dutch House museum site in Old New Castle to learn about recent archaeological discoveries made at the site. The New Castle Historical Society, which owns the Dutch House property, hired John Milner Associates to conduct an archaeological investigation of the rear portion of the Dutch House property. The final day of the investigation is Saturday, July 9.
Visitors will have an opportunity to speak with professional archaeologists to learn why archaeology is important in understanding the past, what the process is to conduct an archaeological investigation, and why it is important to study the Dutch House site. The archaeologists will also discuss their preliminary findings at the site, and discuss how these findings may affect our understanding of this property as well as early New Castle and Delaware history.
While the Dutch House was built between 1690 and 1710, the property contained an earlier log structure that existed by 1682. No above ground evidence of this earlier log structure exists, but there may be evidence underground that helps us understand how people lived on and used this property from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
This is the first archaeological investigation on the Dutch House property. In preparation for this investigation, last fall John Milner Associates used ground penetrating radar to study the site, and identified the locations of several underground anomalies. These anomalies indicate possible historic features that may yield evidence of early structures or other features that will help us understand how the site was used. The current investigation is exploring these anomalies further and attempting to identify exactly what they represent.
The Dutch House museum is located at 32 East 3rd Street in Old New Castle. Tours of the Dutch House are offered Wednesday through Saturday at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 and Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00. Tour tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and are can be purchased at the Amstel House, 2 East 4th Street.
ABOUT: The New Castle Historical Society operates three historic buildings for guided tours for individuals and groups. The Society is also involved in educating the public about the history of New Castle through exhibits, programs, lectures, publications, and resource materials. The Society works to promote historical awareness and encourage the preservation of historical architecture and material culture of New Castle. The New Castle Historical Society is an incorporated, non-profit membership organization, with 501 (C) 3 IRS status.