During the Madison Heritage Festival on October 5, 2013, Jordan Cabin was one of the attractions. Under the leadership of local artist, historian and chair Kitty Williams, Madison’s Historical Properties Commission opened the Jordan Cabin site to the public with exhibits and an artifact search demonstration. Robert Underwood and Tim Key represented the Old North State Detectorists Club. They were assisted in their artifact search by members of the McMichael High School History Club.
This was not the first time that the Old North group held an artifact recovery search and demonstration at Jordan Cabin. In November 2012, the detectorists uncovered more the forty artifacts, including an intact wheat scythe, a utility button from the art noveau period (1890) and a locket from the Victorian Era. Mr. Underwood gave a demonstration of the process of reverse electrolysis for cleaning oxidized iron relics from the cabin site.
These items were on display at Jordan Cabin, a late 18th/early 19th century clapboard-covered log house that may be the oldest surviving building in Madison, for folks to view during the Heritage Festival.
An article on the event, authored by Robert Underwood, is scheduled for publication in American Digger magazine in the near future.
Kitty Williams is a member of the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) Board of Directors. Robert Underwood and Tim Key are members of the MARC, as well. Photographs provided courtesy of Tim Key.