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Sweeping the Cellar Floor

Cellar Dig Site

One of our main questions from the very beginning was, “What is left of the Borton/Ballinger Farmhouse?”  Using historic aerial photographs that were stretched to fit modern day maps (using a process called “georeferencing”) we were able to plot the approximate location of the house’s foundation on the current landscape using a handheld GPS unit.  Then, with the help of a backhoe, the archaeologists were able to find the foundation remains.  With only half of it exposed so far we can see episodes of reconstruction and expansion that should help us piece together the development of the farmhouse over the past 250 years.  Once we have all the foundation walls exposed we will sweep the cellar floor clean to document the remains with measured drawings and photography.