In February 2011, FCCPA members were led by archaeologist Chris Sperling, on a tour of the town and cemetery of the colonial era port town of Colchester. The site is located on county-owned parkland, the Old Colchester Park and Preserve on Old Colchester Road in Lorton, Virginia.
An archeological survey is being conducted at this colonial era port which lies at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. Staff and volunteers are unearthing foundations of colonial structures and artifacts, including those of Native Americans.
Outside of “town” a gravestone and a possible field stone marker were located. Through historical research and attempts at deciphering the inscription, the grave marker is believed to be that of Elizabeth, wife of Vincent Boggess. Elizabeth’s father, William Bailey, owned the land where the grave marker is located.
The archaeologists do not know if the markers are in their original location, because earlier logging efforts may have moved them to clear trees. Nearby there is a structural foundation, which may have been a church building. It is unknown whether these markers could have been part of a church cemetery or whether a family cemetery was started and the church and cemetery followed. There are many mysteries to be solved during the survey.
Keep up with Colchester survey events, volunteer opportunities and the field work schedule in team’s blog.