Exploring the secrets of a 200-year-old homestead is the focus of a workshop presented by archaeologist Scott Parker on Tuesday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Van Adams, a local social studies teacher, will assist with workshop instruction.


“Digging Up the Past: Archaeological Excavation at the Stoner Farm,” is part of Renfrew Institute’s Summer Institute offerings. Designed for students completing grades 6–12, the workshop is limited to 10 participants.


Students in the workshop—the only off-site Summer Institute program—will be part of the crew working on the ongoing excavations conducted by Little Antietam Creek, Inc. around the 18th–19th century David Stoner House and farm, off State Line Hill in Waynesboro.


Participants will work alongside Parker and Adams. Parker has more than 20 years experience as an archaeologist. He is president of Little Antietam Creek. Parker will teach all aspects of archaeological work including excavation (digging), screening (finding artifacts), recording and artifact identification.


“Students are guaranteed to have a new and different experience, to get dirty, to find cool stuff, and to learn about the lives of the folks who settled the Waynesboro area,” Parker said.


The workshop fee is $25 for members of Renfrew Institute and $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 17. For more information or to register, call 717-762-0373 or email info@renfrewinstitute.org.


Underwriting support provided by Anne Shepard & Patrick Minnick, and by Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.


This program is part of Renfrew Institute’s “Summer Institute.” Information about additional summer programs for youth is available at www.renfrewinstitute.org