Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Temple Glassworks Day

On Saturday September 28, 2013 I attended a "mini-dig" at the site of the New England Glassworks, sponsored by the Temple Historical Society.
"Dr. David Starbuck of Plymouth State University, co-director of Boston University’s archaeological excavations during the 1970s, and who directed the digs at the Temple Glassworks site conducted a hands-on interactive “mini-dig” at the site, using professional archaeological techniques and tools. This was a great opportunity to learn about the Glassworks, how it was set up and functioned, and how the people who worked there lived. It was also a fun way to see an archeologist do what he does! 
The historic 18th-century Glassworks is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was honored in 2011 by the Preservation Alliance of New Hampshire as one of the 25 greatest preservation projects in the state in the past quarter-century. The site’s importance within the history of American glassmaking is enormous. 
The access trail and site are completely cleared and a handsome new gate has been installed at the entrance. Signage highlighting major Glassworks was also on site." 
Signage indicated where the buildings existed for the Glassworks

It was a hike just under a mile to the site, some rode in comfort

Dr. Starbuck lectured about the site

Got down and dirty looking for glass. I found a rock

Many Plymouth State students were in attendance

Sifting for shards

An example of what were after (Temple Historical Society)

One of the few indications that this is the site, it is largely an abandoned field