Hunter Research and the Howell Farm

 A group of trainee archaeologists, Howell Living History Farm staff and Hunter Research archaeologists at the end of the first week of the archaeology camp.

A group of trainee archaeologists, Howell Living History Farm staff and Hunter Research archaeologists at the end of the first week of the archaeology camp.

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.

 The southeast corner of the John Phillips House cellar foundation.

The southeast corner of the John Phillips House cellar foundation.