Over the past five years Hunter Research has formed a powerful bond with the Howell Living History Farm in scenic Pleasant Valley, northwestern Hopewell Township. Through a range of innovative programs, this unique Mercer County-owned-and-managed facility brings New Jersey farming traditions vividly back to life for local schoolchildren and the general public. With funding assistance from the New Jersey Historical Commission, our company has assisted the Mercer County Park Commission and the Friends of the Howell Living History Farm, using archaeological techniques to explore the sites of a mid-18th-century gristmill, homestead and burial ground, all associated with the locally prominent Phillips family. In 2015 we organized a wonderfully engaging three-week archaeology camp for high school-age children where we successfully pinned down the site of the John Phillips house site.
Hunter Research has supplied historical and archaeological services to the Central Park Conservancy for more than 25 years. One especially fascinating study was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine. Through a combination of detailed historical research, map analysis, and field investigation several of the original John Randel survey monuments used to lay out the Manhattan city grid in the 1810s were identified still in place in the Park.
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In the summer of 2015 Hunter Research completed an intensive-level historic architectural survey of the Dublin neighborhood in Paterson's historic downtown. Led by Patrick Harshbarger, a team of architectural historians surveyed more than 250 properties in a neighborhood that is believed to contain the oldest concentration of pre-Civil War urban workers' housing in the State of New Jersey. This award recognizes Hunter Research for its outstanding achievement in preservation planning.