The Baldwin Site
The Baldwin Site is a late 18th/19th century farmstead in the hamlet of Lowman, Town of Ashland, Chemung County New York. The farm was settled by veterans of the Battle of Newtown (1779), which was waged in and around the future hamlet. The excavations were situated in the front yard of the homestead, which is backed up against a hill. The homestead is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and was built in two stages. The eastern wing of the house was built ca. 1789, with a larger, Federal-style addition reputedly built around 1819. As such, the house represents one of the oldest framed structures in the region, and the associated site affords us an opportunity to examine the development of a frontier farm lot. The project was investigated by the Public Archaeology Facility as part of its statewide contract with the New York State Museum (SED) for the New York State Department of Transportation upgrade of NY-17 to I-86.
Caption: ca. 1997 photo of the Baldwin Site homestead, facing northwest.
Caption: View of the Baldwin Site homestead during archaeological excavation. This work was limited to the front yard by the scope of the NYSDOT project.
PAF invites you to browse the project website using the links in the upper right hand side of this page, and explore the archaeological artifacts, features, and interpretations of the Baldwin Site.