Historical and Archaeological Study
A sample of pages from a 230 page report, "A Historical and Archaeological Study of Washington Valley Park,
East of Middle Brook including Part of the Sight of Wayne's Brigade Encampment of 1777,
was prepared for The Somerset County Park Commission by Hunter Research in 2003.
The report is available at The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission in Somerville. Contact: Thomas D'Amico, Historic Sites Coordinator, (908) 231-7106.
My only find:
I did a lot of excavating around McBrides Rock to make it more accessable and kept a lookout for any artifacts.
The only thing I found that looked promising was the square corner of a cobalt blue bottle (I guess it was a bottle).
It was about 1 - 1½ ft under the ground at the base of the rock, so had probably been around for a while.
Cobalt blue bottles are still made so there's no guarantee it's really old.
I dug a lot of holes for planting and a fish pond in the 40 years I lived on Vosseller Ave.
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