On Thursday, October 11th at 3:00 pm, the Germanna Foundation will be breaking ground on the future site of the Hitt Archaeology Center, made possible by a generous gift from Russell and Joan Hitt. Please RSVP for each person attending:
Germanna Foundation Invites Community to Ground Breaking Ceremony for Future Archaeology Center
Thursday, October 11, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2062 Germanna Highway
Locust Grove, VA 22508
The Hitt Archaeology Center will be built west of the Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center. This new facility will contain space for cleaning, cataloging, and storage of artifacts from archaeological work at the four Germanna Foundation properties.
Since 2016, the Germanna Archaeology program has been searching for the exact location of the 1714 Fort Germanna with the assistance of summer interns and Virginia Commonwealth University field school students.
Sean Jones, a 2018 intern and current graduate student at the University of Maryland said, “The construction of a permanent lab space shows the Germanna Foundation’s commitment to archaeological research and preservation. This new space shows that the Foundation is not only committed to uncovering history, but also caring for and curating this history for future generations. As a young professional, this new facility opens up a world of possible research potential with Germanna artifacts.”
“The Hitt Archaeology Center will help launch the careers of young archaeologists anxious to publish on the discoveries yet to be made at Germanna,” said Germanna Foundation President Marc Wheat. “Generous contributions from the community and from our membership will ensure they have the right equipment and supplies to explore the material culture of Germanna’s frontier families at a place where they became Americans. In the last century Jamestown and Williamsburg were explored archaeologically, now it is time to explore the American frontier at Germanna.”
The ground breaking will take place on Thursday, October 11th from 3:00-4:00 pm. Speakers include Germanna Foundation President Marc Wheat, Foundation archaeologist Dr. Eric Larsen, and Orange County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Collins.
Light refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center after the ground breaking in the Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center.
The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) was chartered in 1956 to preserve the heritage of the earliest organized settlements of Germans in colonial Virginia in 1714 and 1717 and tells America’s story of liberty through the frontier experience of her settlers and descendants using archaeological, historical, and genealogical research and interpretation.
The Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center is located adjacent to the Locust Grove campus of Germanna Community College, built on land donated for that purpose by the Germanna Foundation in 1969.
Contact Information: Ashley Abruzzo, 540-423-1700