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New PhiladelphiaAn Archaeology of Race in the Heartland$
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Paul Shackel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266292

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266292.001.0001

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Three Generations of Building and One Hundred Years of Living in New Philadelphia

Three Generations of Building and One Hundred Years of Living in New Philadelphia

(p.125) Chapter 9 Three Generations of Building and One Hundred Years of Living in New Philadelphia
New Philadelphia

Paul A. Shackel

University of California Press

New Philadelphia had at least three generations of building, and people had lived in the town for almost one hundred years. It was a dynamic place, with families building, remodeling, and adding extensions to their houses and tearing down older buildings and temporary log cabins. The archaeological evidence suggests that the Burdick cabin did not last long, maybe a few years, and also provides an indication of the first generation of building, in the form of a log house, in New Philadelphia. Additionally, it shows that while some people left New Philadelphia after 1869, others saw the place as home and invested in the town by rebuilding. Blacksmithing is one of the last entrepreneurial activities that survived in New Philadelphia into the early twentieth century. It is also very clear that New Philadelphia was a place where businesses survived even after the railroad bypassed the town.

Keywords:   New Philadelphia, Burdick cabin, log house, rebuilding, blacksmithing, businesses

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