Revolutionary War Barracks Unearthed

July 3, 2024

The Williamsburg barracks will give us invaluable information about the day-to-day lives of soldiers during the American Revolution.

Executive Director of Archaeology Jack Gary, describing barracks recently discovered near Colonial Williamsburg.

Why It Matters: Routine excavation before construction of a new sports complex revealed barracks dating back to the Revolutionary War. Among the findings? “Chimney bricks and musket balls indented with soldiers’ teeth.” Such a find is rare and Gary commented, “This site is incredibly unique because so few barracks for Continental soldiers from this period have survived in a way that allows them to be studied.” The barracks were believed to be destroyed by General Lord Cornwallis in 1781 during his force’s march to the Battle of Yorktown. The archeological site comprises three to four acres.

Did You Know? Visit Colonial Williamsburg on 4th of July for free admission to the Historic Area and Art Museums.

Read More: Revolutionary War Barracks Discovered by Colonial Williamsburg Archaeologists (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily)

Archaeologists believe they’ve found site of Revolutionary War barracks in Virginia (The Associated Press)

Photo Credit: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation via AP

by Karly Code, based in Kentucky