Virginia Sutton Harrington
After receiving her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1934, Miss Sutton joined the National Park Service as a Seasonal Ranger Archeologist at Mesa Verde, while she was pursuing her M.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 1937, she came to work at Jamestown, the first woman to serve as a Ranger Historian in the National Park Service.
As part of the team uncovering the ruins of Jamestown with J. C. Harrington, the “father of American historical archeology,” Miss Sutton participated in the excavations and also provided interpretation for thousands of visitors. Her exhibits and signage introduced archeological techniques to the public and showcased the most recent finds in the Jamestown New Towne site.
Did You Know?
Dendrochronology, the study of tree rings, indicates the Jamestown colonists arrived during the worst drought period in over 800 years for the lower Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.