Byways to the Past Booklet: The Shannon Site

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Project details

  • Project Name: Byways to the Past Booklet: The Shannon Site
  • Project Client: PennDOT District 6-0
  • Project Location: Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

In 2004, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) initiated a study to replace the Hellertown Road (S.R. 0412) Bridge in Springfield Township, Bucks County. PennDOT contracted with A.D. Marble to complete archaeological investigations prior to project construction. During the course of these investigations, PennDOT discovered that the Shannon Site, located between the nineteenth-century Shannon house and Hellertown Road, contained important information about the Native American past in Pennsylvania and was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. PennDOT determined that the Shannon Site could not be avoided in the course of the project. Consequently, PennDOT and FHWA funded archaeological excavations to recover some of the artifacts and important information contained within the narrow corridor, as well as this public outreach publication. The Shannon Site, as well as the adjacent nineteenth-century Shannon house and the Walking Purchase Monument located on the Hellertown Road bridge, all illustrated an important concept: every place has a past, even places like your own front yard. To bring this story to the public, A.D. Marble created a 42-page Byways to the Past booklet. We provided historical research and writing, design, and image editing; and prepared files for press.