Building foundation believed to predate colonial courthouse
"It could have existed sometime before the court building, which would make it of great significance to the evolution of this town that would become Gloucester Court House," said archaeologist David Brown. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look at a colonial building that predates the courthouse."
Brown and archaeologist Thane Harpole are monitoring the project excavations and have been documenting what has been uncovered. "We believe it is an 18th century foundation, but how early is still undetermined," Brown said. "It appears to be the north end of a rectangular building, and appears to be partially underneath the colonial courthouse. There is also a tremendous amount of burn material, indicating the building burned or there was a fireplace."
The foundation is constructed of handmade bricks and oyster shell mortar laid in English bond, Brown said, and is two bricks wide. Inside the foundation wall, chunks of wine bottles, bits of delftware and a large animal bone are clearly visible.