Posted on March 9th, 2020

At the request of Fort Frederica’s staff, the Society’s archaeology laboratory used electrolysis to remove thick layers of rust from a cannonball found near Cumberland Island. The process took five months. To prevent future deterioration, the artifact was then coated in a thin layer of wax. Seen here are Society Curator Mimi Rogers and Lab Manager Myrna Crook returning the cannonball to Michael Seibert, the Fort’s Resource Manager.

The Society also assisted the Fort with another project – a new nomination for the National Register of Historic Places. The Fort was first listed in the Register in 1978 based on historic documentation prepared in 1974. That documentation identified a single resource that included the fort, townsite, and Battle of Bloody Marsh site. The new nomination increases the boundary from 217.94 acres to a total of 304.49 acres. It also includes
documentation for an expanded period of significance, some of which was developed through research in the Society’s archives.