- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An archaeological site at the University of Virginia with ties to a free African-American antebellum household is among the latest entries on the state’s landmarks register.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says the so-called Foster Site contains archaeological features and artifacts associated with Catherine “Kitty” Foster, an African-American seamstress. She purchased the residential property in 1833.

The nearly ¾-acre site evolved as a free African-American community called “Canada.” The Foster family occupied the site until the land was sold in 1906.

Features found at the site include a brick fire box and chimney base and a domestic basement. The site also contains the remains of what is believed to have been a smokehouse.

The Foster property in Charlottesville is among five sites added to the register.



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