Custis Square Archeological Dig On Its Final Year of Excavation

Custis Square archeological dig site is located on the corner of South Nassau Street and Francis Street.Working alongside John Custis’ previously discovered house, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Department of Archeology is onto its fourth year of investigating Custis’ gardens. Under three tents, participants in the Public Archeology Institute help field techs sift through shovel test pits for changes in soil and artifacts. 50cm x 50cm shovel test pits are samples in which field techs figure out where they want to dig next and learn more about the soil. Two high schoolers work side by side in a sifting screen with samples pulled from a shovel test pit. Meghan, the project archeologist, is in charge of the site on a day-to-day basis.According to Jennifer Mcgee, “The changes of color in these piles of soil represent different periods in time and different types of soil, which help archaeologists date when artifacts may have been made.”Participants in the Public Archeology Institute get a taste of an archeological field tech’s life as they work on their hands and knees sifting through shovel test pits.

DoG barking with visitors every Saturday for the Williamsburg Farmers Market

Visitors roam around the 60+ vendors making up the 2023 Williamsburg Farmers Market hosted on Duke of Gloucester Street every Saturday. Tracy Frey, manager of the Williamsburg Farmers Market, poses with her rescued porcupine at the market information booth.At the market information booth located at the top of Duke of Gloucester Street, Tracy Frey, market manager, introduces her rescued porcupine to any intrigued community member. A line of customers form in front of Agriberry Farm’s booth, a fruits only producing farm, bringing fresh produce from Hanover County. Virginia Bread Company had a non-stop flow of customers practically selling out of inventory before 10 a.m..Timothy Seaman, compelling acoustic musician, serenaded the market on June 3rd, while playing his hammered dulcimer.Gift of Nature employees stand behind their weekly booth. The farm sprouted in 2001 and is a family business that sells flowers and plants grown on their three-acre property in York County.Visitors inspect plants for sale by Cachalot Farm on June 3.Even bunnies make their way down to the Williamsburg Farmers Market every Saturday.