Archeological testing in the Jenkins Lot ( Block 11, Lot 5)
Jameson Jenkins was a drayman (teamster) living just 1/2 a block south from the Lincoln family. He was listed as mulatto originally from North Carolina in the census. During the 1850 slave riots in Springfield, he helped transport runaway slaves from Springfield to Bloomington, IL, about 60 miles away. The site is listed on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Tim Townsend, 217-391-3241
This investigation is intended to test for the presence of intact subsurface features and artifacts associated with the Jenkins occupation of the lot. Testing will further seek to determine the character and distribution of cultural resources within the lot. This information will provide guidance in determining whether further work would significantly advance understanding of the Jenkins occupation. Planned work will include the excavation of no more than two test units measuring no smaller than 1 by 1 m, placed so as to test for the presence of features including foundation remains, cellars, subsurface storage pits, or privies, associated with the mid-19th centure Jenkins residence.