Meeting at Barn with USFS Cultural Resource Staff

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Peter Schmidt and Penny Del Bene from the USFS National Recreation Area office meet with local Bowerman Barn organization members on August 6th. They were able to view the area and get a “lay of the land” to see where the historic wagon road and Bowerman house might have been. A future project using sensitive metal detectors to locate buried nails should be able to answer the question of where the house was located. Discussion of appropriate fencing around the cemetery, based on photos and other considerations of the era, led to an agreement that a picket fence rather than a split rail fence is more likely what was used. Everyone left feeling a general excitement about the historic aspects of the project and future activities. The Bowerman Barn organization thanks Peter and Penny for their time and effort on this project!