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Low Lake Levels Lead to Historic Find

Posted August 29, 2007

The ongoing drought may have led to a historic find in Falls Lake. Lower water levels revealed the foundations of several buildings thought to be part of a plantation from the early 1800s.

A class project at the North Carolina School of Science and Math led to the discovery. Now, students from the school get to help with the archeological study.

The students are combing the ruins looking for anything that might give some insight into the time period.

"It's a lot of work. It's very nice to be able to get out here to do something hands-on. I'm finding it a very relaxing and interesting experience," said student Natalia Chodelski.

If the site is deemed to be significant, the Army Corps of Engineers may have to protect it when the waters rise.


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  • justmythoughts Aug 31, 2007

    Who really cares? Someone knew it was there when the lake was built and didn't stop them then. Are not most older towns built on the ruins of even older towns. So if we spend tax dollars to save this neat and orderly pile of rocks, that means you must protect all neat and orderly piles of rocks where a house once stood, so that means no more building in downton New Bern, Bath or even downtown Raleigh, as stuff was there before. I have a great idea how the ACofE can protect and preserve this great "find". Cover it with a protective coating of water, really deep water. It will keep harmful sunlight, oxygen, and even vandals from harming this historically siginificant pile of rocks. A building, yes, a chunk of land where something important happened, maybe, but a pile of rocks and some household trash from a long gone pre-antebellum house, who really cares. I doubt George Washington slept there, but if he did, I don't think he'd really want us to know about it.

  • TechRescue Aug 30, 2007

    "If the site is deemed to be significant, the Army Corps of Engineers may have to protect it when the waters rise."

    Hope you folks in Raleigh like your water supply being permanently 3' low to "protect" this pile of rocks....

  • 2 Aug 30, 2007

    Wow.. some very ignorant posts on this topic. I am willing to bet if they found very valuable memorabilia from the Civil War some doubters of its importance would turn full circle. I doubt they will - but if anything very interesting is found any doubters would look very stupid.

  • TechRescue Aug 30, 2007

    I found that plantation during the last drought. Left a good part of my propeller out there. Would somebody who gives a rip about a derelict foundation mail it to me?

  • purplepat777 Aug 30, 2007

    HA HA! "... if I want to see something old and useless I'll visit downtown Raleigh." Good one, Trooper!

  • mgratk Aug 30, 2007

    I'd rather see the Army Corp of Engineers put the extra money into levees and bridges and other key structures in the US. I doubt an old plantation that was purposefully submerged can be that important a find.

  • krazi_katt Aug 30, 2007

    Trooper - it is very sad to see that you have no concern for relevant historical findings or education of our youth. It is exceedingly important for our young to learn from historical evidence the nature of their ancestors misdeeds and accomplishments in an effort to instill morals and values. If you have no reverence for historical items, art, museums, or the like, then vandalism and disorderly conduct is typically the end result. I pity you.

  • Trooper Aug 30, 2007

    What a waste of time and money, what are they going to do rebuild a plantation. There are probably a lot of similar sites in NC, if I want to see something old and useless I'll visit downtown Raleigh.

  • Rolling Along Aug 30, 2007

    There are plenty of old buildings at the bottom of Falls Lake and Jordan Lake for that matter. I wonder how the Corps Of Engineers will "protect" it?

  • NC is my home Aug 30, 2007

    It's wonderful that these students can get some "hands-on" experience with history.