The Yarmouth Historical Commission and the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association are sponsoring “Yarmouth’s Archaeological Past”, an exhibit of artifacts covering 10,000 years of town history. This exhibit is currently on display upstairs at Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Yarmouth Town Hall is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
There will be an official launch of the exhibit at Yarmouth Town Hall on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. The focal point of the exhibit is a selection of artifacts discovered during several years of fieldwork at Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port. The fieldwork documented 10,000 years of human habitation in a small corner of the town - from the earliest presence of Native peoples, to a Plymouth Colony era farm that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The display also includes a collection of Native American projectile points, which were discovered in West Yarmouth in the 1970s and donated to the Town of Yarmouth. These stone tool artifacts are 1,000 to 4,500 years old.
As part of efforts to promote greater awareness of the town’s rich archaeological past, the Yarmouth Historical Commission and the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association are also sponsoring an Artifact Identification Event at Taylor-Bray Farm on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Visit the farm and meet Craig Chartier, the professional archaeologist who led the Taylor-Bray Farm Archaeology Project. Craig will answer questions about local archaeology and visitors are encouraged to bring items for identification.
Preserving and caring for our history is the goal of the Town’s Historical Commission and nonprofit groups like the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association and the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. Efforts to achieve this goal, which enhances the quality of life for those who live here, are supported by the Town of Yarmouth, the Community Preservation Act funds and the people of Yarmouth.