Archaeological Investigations at French Farm Lake in Northern Michigan 1981 – 1982: A British Colonial Farm Site

Archaeological Completion Report Series, Number 6

On the 25th of May, 1981, Mr. David Nixon and Mr. Kim Acker, both amateur Michigan historians, came to the office of Archaeology at Fort Michilimackinac … with a number of colonial artifacts they had recently discovered on a site near French Farm Lake in eastern Emmet County, Michigan. [the artifacts were identified] as British colonial manufactures and dated most of them to the late British occupation at Fort Michilimackinac (1774-1781). …

[this is a] Preliminary survey and excavation upon a British colonial farm site …. [It] suggests that the remains of the John Askin Farm, hitherto known from historic documents only, has been found. Limestone masonry architecture is associated with a lone colonial component as the site. Intersite comparisons demonstrate that the farm was contemporaneous with the late British occupation of nearby Fort Michilimackinac and was occupied by someone of wealth and privilege. The artifact assemblage is at variance with the Carolina and Frontier patterns generally associated with British settlements in North America, but is remarkable similar to a “deviant” pattern known from British occupation of the Hepburn-Reonalds house in Brunswick Town, North Carolina.

Author: Donald P. Heldman
Publisher: Mackinac State Historic Parks
ISBN: 0-911872-46-9
Illustrations, maps, tables, bibliography 142 pages, 1983
Price: 5.95