A project to explore the history of a Civil War site in Houston will begin soon, the Lynch-Tweed Civil War Home Preservation Society heard last week.

The organization was formed to support the preservation of the Lynch-Tweed house on Airport Road. It is the oldest standing structure in the city and it dates to Civil War days. The tracts being explored are owned by the City of Houston and Jim and Sandy Tweed of Raymore.

The archaeological examination will include a team from the U.S. Forest Service, the Houston School District and interested local residents.

Flags are already in place where some of the study will occur.

Lynch-Tweed house

The grounds around Houston’s historic Lynch-Tweed house will this spring be the site of an archaeological dig that will include local students.

Members last week heard from Greg Swallow, a U.S. Forest service assistant zone archaeologist, and his wife, Traci, a lab archival leader. The dig will occur over six weeks. The Swallows will mark a grid and gather data from sonar readings that will reveal the location of buried activity, such as campfires and dumps. The timeline shows digging will occur by mid-April and finish by the end of the school year.

Students will participate by examining the people and location in local history archives. A school trip is planned to Columbia to the state archives and the Lynch-Tweed House may be opened to the student researchers.

At the meeting, the society discussed the possibility of a re-enactment activity or dutch oven meal to feed student volunteers working on the project and increase public interest. Nearly 50 students expressed an interest in the project. The data obtained will be used in an application to place it on the National Register of Historical Places.  

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