A Mysterious Historic Feature

A Mysterious Historic Feature (HMA0C)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.843', W 77° 28.202'

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The Breakthrough Trail

— Pamplin Historical Park —

The shallow depression in front of you marks the location of what was once a substantial dwelling. Archaeologists excavated this site in 1997 and discovered a well-preserved brick foundation and flooring. The artifacts recovered from the site suggest that the house dates to the early 19th century.

This building was part of the Tudor Hall plantation owned by the Boisseau family. Research has not revealed who lived here, but it is possible that members of the family or plantation employees, such as an overseer and his family, occupied this home. The relatively elaborate construction and its isolated location make it doubtful that it served as slave quarters.

The best military map of the area produced in 1867 includes what appears to be a dwelling in approximately this location. However, none of the Confederate sources mentions a house between their fortifications and their picket line, and no Federal account refers to a structure in their path during the Breakthrough attack. It is possible that the building had fallen into ruins before the war or that the Confederates had leveled it to maintain a clear field of fire in front of their works.

Further historical and archaeological research might tell us more about this mysterious dwelling. In the meantime, in the interest of preservation and your own safety, do not disturb this site.

Sidebar: This structure, the bricks for which were laid in English bond, is an example of how fragile the historical record can be. The origins and occupants of this house remain unknown. After taking this photograph, archeologists backfilled the excavation to preserve it.
HM NumberHMA0C
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280728 N 4117777
Decimal Degrees37.18071667, -77.47003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.843', W 77° 28.202'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 50.58" N, 77° 28' 12.12" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6514 Church Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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