18th Century Woodworking Shop Just Discovered

November 27, 2012

I’m a huge fan of history! I firmly believe we can learn so much from our past; the good, the bad and the “I don’t want to talk about it”, I know I have.

As a little Matt, I loved the summers my family spent in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We’d camp at the same state park every year and take little field trips to see historic landmarks and museums (most of which were definite tourist traps, but cool to a 10 year old boy none-the-less).

One of my favorite destinations was Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. I loved walking around the fort’s yard and buildings and imagining life there at the height of it’s existence.

Among my favorite memories there, I remember one summer seeing a team of archeologist excavating a small area in one of the yards. I still don’t know what they were looking for, but it appeared as if an entire building had simply been swallowed into the ground and they were uncovering it completely intact.

It’s an image that has stuck with me for years and was the inspiration for a failed attempt to study archeology in college (which also occurred the same semester I wanted to be a recording engineer and a handful of other occupations that are probably much better off today that I didn’t follow through with my half-baked plans).

Where is this going and what does it have to do with woodworking? Just the other day I came across this interesting little article written for the Boston Globe by Robert Knox “18th-century woodworking shop a rare find

What experts are calling “the rarest of the rare” and “a once in a lifetime find” — a largely intact woodworking shop dating from the latter half of the 18th century — has been discovered in Duxbury on the site of a private school for children.

I won’t repost the entire story here for a large number of legal reasons, but I highly recommend you checkout the article (including a couple of pictures of the place). It’s a neat little story and I hope enough attention will be sent their way to fulfill the wishes of the group hoping to restore the shop.

Check it out at Boston Globe by Robert Knox “18th-century woodworking shop a rare find

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  1. Larry Thayer says:

    How in the world do you come across such an article?

    • Matt says:

      This one popped up in my “General Woodworking” search. Usually it’s just tool sale advertisements, but this time it was something cool!

  2. Eric R says:

    Pete Follansbee has been doing a series on this building. It’s very interesting.

  3. Jermaine J says:

    I would love to see some more articles like this. Like you, even I am a big fan of archaeology.

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