Archeological study briefing on findings from work site of new General District Court
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County held an archeological study briefing at the site of the renovation and expansion project at the county and city courts.
The site is the former location of the Swan Tavern and Pub, owned by John Jouett, Sr. Rumors had suggested he was buried on the site, but no human remains were found.
However, archeologists did find between 7,500 to 10,000 artifacts, one of which was a piece of paper about fire insurance for the Swan Tavern that shows a sketch of the property.
They also found records of the Jouett family and the enslaved African-Americans that operated the tavern.
One of the other interesting finds was a soapstone pipe bulb.
Albemarle County believes many of the artifacts were owned by free African-Americans.
"Finding out more about the people who lived and worked here, documenting those individuals, not only the white families but the enslaved African-Americans, the free Blacks who lived here and worked on the property, we can get that through both archival sources and the material culture, the artifacts, and the features that we have," said Benjamin Ford, of Rivanna Archaeological Services.
This dig project cost $175,000.
This site will be the location of the new Albemarle County and Charlottesville General District Courts. Construction of the new courthouse will cost $31 million.