The community partners that we get to
work with on this project are the owners of the bed and breakfast at the Yountsville
Mill and the Montgomery County District Library.
This semester we’re working with materials from two previous
archaeological digs from last summer. We kind of want to know more of like what
they had in the household because we’ve turned our focus back to the house.
There’s a lot of China, so hoping to find like a maker’s mark and trace it,
sort of kind of hoping if we figure out if it’s what they had or it’s what they brought
with them. We’re finding all sorts of things from the original family. I know
in the cistern, they found white where that would have moved with them from
Pennsylvania to this location, so 1840s, and then we’ve also found other ceramics
that hit the 1850 1860 1870 timeframe. What’s really kind of interesting is
most of the ceramics are plain, ordinary, everyday thing which kind of fits with
their Quaker origins but they had the high wealth and status here to where
they could have purchased the phenomenal decorative things but they just didn’t.
We’re creating a museum exhibit to help interpret the sight of the Yountsville Mill.
The museum exhibit is being put together on a variety of themes that will help
people understand the technology behind the production and the economics as to
how this really told a story of the people of both the owners and the
workers that were at Yountsville. The importance of this exhibit is
because Younts Mill had such an impact on the community in Crawfordsville. The town
was originally called Yountsville which tells you a lot about the impact that
the family had and for around 50 to 60 years, it was just an important part of
the community and after they sold it, it just kind of went to ruins. Nobody was
taking care of it so we want to try to bring it back to life for the community,
so they know what that mill was all about.