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In May and June of 2005, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Archaeological Field School carried out secondary testing excavations at the Doak Site (40GN257), located on the campus of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. The purpose of this project was to follow up on previous research completed in 2003 and 2004, as outlined in site reports, papers, and a journal publication (Honerkamp 2003, 2004, 2005). This literature describes a phased survey and testing program at the site of the extant plantation home of Samuel Witherspoon Doak. Built about 1830, his substantial two-story brick manor, adhering to a modified Georgian style, dominated the local landscape in the early 19th century. Other structures associated with the main house included the Academy (a small frame building where classes were taught as early as 1835; Doughty 1975:174-175), a large barn, and a springhouse. Doak was a successful planter, land speculator, minister, father of 13 children, and educator who established an early college in Greene County that eventually merged with Greeneville College in 1868 to become Tusculum College (Fuhrmann 1986:43-54; 60-63). The plantation house was owned by his descendents until the mid 1970s, when it was donated to the College. For the last several years it has served as the focal point for the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies, and currently hosts several thousand school students every year as part of its educational mission. With this success came plans for expansion of the Museum’s parking lot, upgrading underground utilities, and other land-altering activities, thus necessitating the survey and testing program by UTC in 2003 and 2004. As in previous years, the 2005 Field School was supported by a grant by Tusculum College to cover field and laboratory expenses, student housing, and a small student stipend. Equipment for the project was donated by the UTC Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology. Seven students participated in the 2005 excavations under the direction of the author. Of the three and one-half weeks devoted to fieldwork, approximately two days were rained out; artifact cleaning occurred during this time.


Dept. of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)




Archaeology -- Tennessee -- Greene County; Antiquities; Archaeology; Greene County (Tenn.) -- Antiquities


Greeneville (Tenn.); Greene County (Tenn.)

Document Type



17 leaves



Call Number

F443.G75 H66 2005


Archaeological testing at the Doak site (40GN257): the 2005 season