It was largely forgotten until the 2000's when archaeologists, Drs. Kim and Stephen McBride, began searching the area for the foundation of McCoy Fort. It was then that they discovered the log structure, hidden inside of a barn, standing on the site of the original fort. Could it be McCoy Fort??
Carolyn Stephens of the WHDF heard about the HTP and contacted us to see if we could date McCoy Fort to provide further evidence of its historic status. If the log structure that sat on the McCoy Fort foundation does in fact date to 1769-1770, then it is McCoy Fort and is one of the last remaining frontier forts in Greenbrier County and southeastern West Virginia. Additionally, it could also be the oldest remaining log structure in Greenbrier County.
We knew we had to help Carolyn and the WHDF since there was so much potential historical significance in this structure!
All in all, it was a successful trip. We collected almost 30 nice samples and we look forward to the upcoming lab work. We really hope this is the McCoy Fort! We will post the date and time of our presentation of results in the spring. Hope to see you there!
We owe a big thanks to Carolyn Stephens and the WDHF for inviting us to work on McCoy Fort and for letting us borrow her generator when the drills died. They always do....