Field Notes and Diary of Old Fairfield
Bricks in front of fireplace
Tuesday April 7, 1942.
…From the Indian pottery fragments it appears certain that the site is built over a pre-European Indian site as the pottery rim marking are indication of early Attawandaron people - one interesting fact in what appears to be an undisturbed foundation is the finding of the original floor covered with clay now partly burnt as a result of the timbers of the walls and roof falling in as the place was burnt. Found the fireplace and the thin bricks laid in front of it.
Could not take a picture of it but will tomorrow if it is fine and clear - found a steel spindle of a spinning wheel...
and a number of nails...
and melted glass, also found foundation remain across the highway in the field the cemetery is in.
piece of iron pot
(1) Wed. April 15th, 12 a.m.
As site (1) looks to be the largest site on the south side of the road and it was the one located last fall, 1941, I am starting to examine it.
What appears now to be the center is 20' 1" in from fence post #13 - digging through the earth that was thrown up previously, I am working from what appears to be the center but it has some indication of the north end being in line with the site(3) and (6) and from the depth we went last fall it may have been a cellar with a log foundation or logs for cellar walls - Iron pot found deep 9" - near north wall of site (1)
Bowl of pipe found at Fairfield.
Thursday, April 16th, 1942.
Site (7) is in a low piece of ground west of site (3). I happened on the carbonized foundation log and followed it till I came to a small stone evidently put under the end as a corner stone for it stops there - 24 feet from where I started. It is one foot from fence post 5. I found a jack plane blade, a piece of corn and part of what looks like a clay pipe. There is no chinking, just charcoal and a few ashes - or no clay floor. This south foundation is in line with stones in site (3) and it appears as if this place may have been a shed or stable. It certainly was not a house.
Kernels of corn excavated that survived the fire in 1813.