Sayre School Education Program

Lecture in the yard at Waterwild Farm.

Lecture in the yard at Waterwild Farm.

Beginning in 1997, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. (CRA), worked with 4th graders from Sayre School on the Sayre School Historical Archaeology Project at Waterwild Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. The project was designed to investigate the spatial layout of the historical farm, as well as the age of the farmstead and associated structures.

History of Waterwild

Waterwild Hall was built sometime in the 1830s and is a brick, Federal style I-house with an L-addition on the rear. Evidence suggests that an earlier residence was located on the site, or that materials from an earlier structure located elsewhere were used for constructing Waterwild Hall. At the time of the investigation there was little known about the earliest owners of the property.

In the 1880s the house and 3,000 acres were acquired by Alexander Carrick of Georgetown (great-great grandfather of the current owner). He named the house Waterwild Hall. At the time, the farm was bounded by Russell Cave Pike to the east, Carrick Pike to the north, and Mr. Horeb Pike to the west. Upon Alexander Carrick’s death, the farm was divided among his three sons Thomas, Oscar, and Dr. Robert Lee Carrick. Dr. R.L. Carrick inherited the smallest portion of the farm but retained the ownership of the house.

Waterwild Hall, at the time of the project, was owned by James K. Millard, father of Caroline Carrick Millard who attended Mrs. Janie Cowgill’s Fourth Grade class at Sayre. Mr. Mallard and his wife, Madelyn, started renovations in 1992, beginning with the rear portion of the house, retaining or replicating as much of the original style and materials as possible.

Proposal for fieldwork and education program

CRA developed a proposal for the archaeological investigations that allowed the Sayre students to gain hands-on experience, while answering the research questions developed in the proposal. The project was divided into six parts: Yard testing, artifact washing and identification, student analysis, group discussion of findings, future research, and reporting and curation.

From 1997 to 2002, CRA involved Sayre students with the archaeological investigations at Waterwild Hall. Each school year CRA personnel collaborated with teachers and students at Sayre to conduct the archaeological fieldwork and answer the research questions developed. Over the next few days, the CRA blog will discuss each year of the education outreach program, be sure to check back daily.

Share this
Posted in Education and Outreach Tagged with: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Recent Posts

  • Andrew Bradbury Teaches Cub Scouts about Flintknapping
    On June 7, Andrew Bradbury, an archaeologist working in CRA’s Knoxville office, spent a day discussing archaeology and flintknapping with Cub Scouts from the Toqua District (West Knoxville) Day Camp. ...
    Published on 7/18/16

  • New Link about Ancient Dentistry
    If you visit CRA's Recommended Links page you may notice a new link for Ancient Dentistry. The link provides an overview of how different a dentist appointment may have been ...
    Published on 2/26/14

  • Prehistory of the Upper Cumberland River Drainage in the Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee Border Region
    Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., routinely conducts archaeological surveys throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Jon Kerr, the Director of Operations for the Kentucky office and  Prehistoric Ceramics Specialist, has compiled an ...
    Published on 8/27/13

  • Sayre School: In Conclusion
    After spending multiple years working alongside the Sayre students at Waterwild Farm, the excavation was concluded. The students, along with teachers and parents, were an integral part of the process. ...
    Published on 7/17/13

  • Sayre School: 2001-2002
    The 2001-2002 excavations at Waterwild Farm were conducted with the fourth and seventh grade classes from Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky, and continued our exploration of the backyard, opening eight ...
    Published on 7/11/13

  • Sayre School: 2000-2001
    This school year began again with a slide presentation of previous work and a discussion of the year’s goals. Excavation units were expanded to better define building foundations and locate ...
    Published on 7/9/13

  • Sayre School: 1999-2000
    The third year program at Waterwild began with a presentation on a review of the goals and methodology of historical archaeology, and a slide show depicting the types of archaeological ...
    Published on 7/3/13

  • Sayre School: 1998-1999
    During the second school year (1998-1999), a new proposal was developed for further testing of the site. Our research questions for this phase of the project were to (1) determine ...
    Published on 7/2/13

  • Sayre School: 1997-1998
      Over 15 years ago, CRA began its archaeological investigation at Waterwild Farm, which also served as an education program for students from Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky.  The first year ...
    Published on 7/1/13