DCNA’s Big Dig: Forest Home of Francis OJ Smith

McAuley teacher Eric Jorgensen and archaeologist Norm Buttrick oversee dig in Baxter Woods.

McAuley teacher Eric Jorgensen and archaeologist Norm Buttrick oversee dig in Baxter Woods.

In the fall of 2014,  archaeologist Norm Buttrick supervised an educational survey at the historic site of the Francis O.J. Smith Estate in the heart of Baxter Woods. Working with two classes of McAuley students, Buttrick and his team found over 200 artifacts, fragments and building details that help us reconstruct “Forest Home” and imagine the life of those who lived there, including the infamous politician and entrepreneur, FOG Smith, himself.

The DCNA extends its thanks to the Maine Humanities Council for its funding and support in bringing this colorful page of Deering Center history to life. Learn more about the dig and the artifacts found here.

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