Unearthing Boone County's Lost Settlement

9 years 6 months 1 day ago March 29, 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:35:01 PM CDT in News

Lexington was home to a few families and a handful of businesses, before they abandoned it in the 1840s.

"There's been, since then, no trace of it on the surface and nobody knew that it was here," explained Earl Lubensky, who is coordinating the excavation.

That's because early settlers rerouted the road that used to pass through Lexington.

"Moved the trail through the town of Columbia, down Broadway I guess, and that left nothing for the town of Lexington to do, or to exist for, and it became defunct," Lubensky added.

So, a few years ago, two archaeologist decided to piece together Lexington's history.

"There's so little known about Lexington, that it's almost scary, since Lexington was the first post office ever established in Boone County," said David Sapp of the Boone County Historical Society.

The excavation is taking place on a family farm near Rocheport. Archaeologist believe Lexington's tavern and general store were farther up the hill. Volunteers have found pieces of bricks, glass and ceramic dishes, but no buildings.

Archaeologist believe others living in the area took materials left behind when Lexington residents abandoned the town. Volunteers hope to find the remains of the blacksmith shop to help solve the mystery of the lost settlement.

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