William Whittaker of Two Brothers General Contracting, Port Ewan, NY, demolishing the garage.  Photograph by Geoff Miller

William Whittaker of Two Brothers General Contracting, Port Ewan, NY, demolishing the garage. Photograph by Geoff Miller

The scope of work for the Building Stabilization Project called for significant ground disturbance in the courtyard area along Spring Street, behind 101 Broadway.  As the Reher Bakery is located within an archaeologically sensitive area, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) required the Jewish Federation of Ulster County to retain an archaeological consultant to conduct a limited (Phase I) study to determine if a more extensive study would be required.

 

The Hartgen team excavating the area that  was once covered by the garage floor.  Photograph by Geoff Miller

The Hartgen team excavating the area that was once covered by the garage floor. Photograph by Geoff Miller

The Jewish Federation retained the services of Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., of Rensselaer, NY.  Test holes uncovered the existence of at least one 19th century structure, a cistern, below grade, extending beneath the concrete pad of the garage.  This finding triggered the need for a more extensive (Phase II/III) investigation.  Demolition of the garage and concrete pad occurred on Friday and Saturday, September 28through 29, 2012.  The team from Hartgen continued with the excavation from October 1 through October 4, 2012.  An extensive drainage network and several foundation walls were uncovered, along with a variety of artifacts that are currently being processed and catalogued by Hartgen.  The site was backfilled at the conclusion of the study.

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