The Daily Advance of North Carolina published an article about how the discovery of a 1786 Connecticut Copper coin led to the excavation and study of an old area homestead. -Editor It all started with a coin.
When Town of Edenton employee Bobby Williams noticed a coin on the ground where an old home had once stood, he picked it up.
“I was amazed at how good a condition it was in,” he said.
Finding out that it was a 1786 Connecticut Copper coin, and wondering how it got to Edenton, made him want to learn more about the site on Macedonia Road.
As time went on, he picked up other things around the site where a home that had belonged to Penelope Barker had once stood.
There were bits of pottery, buttons, nails and even the remains of what appeared to be a pocketknife.
Following a recommendation from the University of Notre Dame, which had identified the coin for him, Williams shared boxes of items he had found with East Carolina University in Greenville.
Two weeks ago, in response to Williams’ gesture, Dr. Charles Ewen and a team of grad students from ECU visited the site where Williams had turned up his 18th century artifacts.
The home that once stood at the Macedonia Road site has been known by at least two names over the years — the Blenheim Manor House, and the Pagett Plantation.
According to a history of the site compiled by Bobby Williams, the original owner was Dr. Samuel Pagett who received what was possibly already known as Blenheim Manor House with 2,000 in Proprietary Land Grants between 1714-1722.
To read the complete article, see: History beneath the dirt (www.dailyadvance.com/features/history-beneath-the-dirt-667072.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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