Archaeologists Hunt for Evidence of Old Jefferson School

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

August 1, 2006

Archaeologists spent the day digging in the Jefferson School's parking lot searching for evidence of the Old Jefferson School.

The larger school building still sits along 4th Street, but the Old Jefferson Elementary school was torn down in 1959.

City officials want to prove the old school was built in the 1800's. Today, archaeologists found part of its brick foundation.

"We have the students who went here, we have the teachers who taught here, we don't have any physical evidence, and it's really icing on the cake to find an archaeological site," said Benjamin Ford of Rivanna Archeology.

The new findings will extend the school’s historical period on the National Register of Historical Places. Right now it only dates back to 1929.

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