Lone Rock Stockade Events


Are you interested in learning how to excavate like an archaeologist? Or to learn more about the history of convict leasing in Grundy County? Then come to one of the public events. Camille Westmont, Ph.D, postdoctoral fellow the University of the South, will be hosting two public excavation days on June 14 and 15, from 8 a.m. to noon, and public tours on June 17, 18, and 19 at the Lone Rock Stockade site at Grundy Lakes in the South Cumberland State Park. Those who sign up for the public excavations will get to dig alongside archaeologists and learn more about the history of the stockade. Those who sign up for the public tours will go on a walking tour of the Lone Rock Stockade site for a discussion on convict leasing and how it relates to Tennessee’s and the broader South’s history. Those on the walking tours will also have a chance to see what the 2021 University of the South’s Field School in Historical Archaeology students have uncovered so far this summer.

Masks are required for the excavations due to the fact we will be working in close proximity. Masks are not required for the walking tour. Public excavations are capped at 10 participants; the public tours are capped at 20 participants.

Register for these events at <https://tnstateparks.com/parks...;. Space is limited, so register soon. For more information, email Westmont at <vcwestmo@sewanee.edu>.