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Public Archaeology Investigation


October 14, 2017

The Oldham County History Center will be hosting its last public archaeology dig of the year from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This is a continuing investigation at the Gatewood Plantation site, located outside of Bedford, Trimble County, Kentucky. It is associated with freedom seeker Henry Bibb, who was enslaved at Gatewood Plantation before escaping north to Canada.

Throughout Bibb’s struggles to overcome slavery, he became well educated and made many contacts throughout the United States. Although he died before the Civil War, he has been cited by abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass as someone who influenced their thinking. It is hoped artifacts and information will be discovered at the site which documents Henry Bibb’s narratives. These narratives can be accessed at www.docsouth.unc.edu/neh/bibb/bibb.html.

This investigation is part of an ongoing program to document the artifacts and information of the Gatewood Plantation. To date, there have been 15 different investigations at the site involving schools, the general public, historical society members and teens who have participated in summer workshops.

Children age 13 and up are welcome on the dig but must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is free, but limited. Reservations required. Call the Oldham County History Center for more information at (502) 222-0826 or info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Oldham County Historical Society
106 North Second Ave
La Grange, KY  40031


Contact Person: Helen McKinney

Contact Information: 502-222-0826 (main phone) / info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org