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Park coming to Carolina Beach holds history

Published: Apr. 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2016 at 3:24 PM EDT
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Public Archeology Corps is working with the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society to find pieces of history in what will soon be a new park.

The property that they're working on was owned by a resident of Carolina Beach, Ryder Lewis, who gave this property to the town with the stipulation that it be turned into a public park.

The property has a beautifully preserved set of Civil War era earthworks on it, which were constructed in late 1864 to defend the northern approach of the island in the event of a Federal landing at Fort Fisher.

The Public Archeology Corps was called in to conduct archaeological testing of the site in the interest of getting the facts right so that the history can be better appreciated.

Metal detecting surveys have already been conducted, and the next step is excavating into the earthwork wall to try to find out how it was constructed.

Their hope is to find some sort of architecture.

The dig will take place over the weekend, from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The public is welcome to come out and lend a hand.

The new park will be located in the lot directly behind the Flaming Amy's parking lot.

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