Alfred Camisa
Archaeologist Alfred Cammisa

man shoveling
Digging at the DRC
  As a National Historic Landmark, the Dutch Reformed Church comes under the jurisdiction of both the National Park Service and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Both organizations require an archaeological study before conducting any work affecting the grounds - such as the foundation reinforcement and drainage correction which are planned as the first steps in the physical rehabilitation of the structure.

To fulfill this requirement, the City commissioned the archaeological firm of Tracker Associates of Monroe, New York, to conduct soundings in the grounds of the DRC.

Chief archaeologist Alfred G. Cammisa and his team of assistants performed the study in November, 2002. Preliminary results suggest that the site is "sterile" with no significant archaeological remains to be recovered.

The archaeology report was approved by the National Park Service in January 2003, thus clearing the way to begin work on repairing the building's west foundation wall and the drainage channels around it.

The final report is on file at City Hall, the Historical Society (Crawford House), and the NYSOPRHP. Tracker Archaeological Services, 62 Pickeral Road, Monroe NY 10950.
man sifting
Sifting the evidence.