Tropical Storm Unearths Upper Saucon’s Ancient Past: Lenape Life along Saucon Creek
“Tropical Storm Unearths Upper Saucon’s Ancient Past,” will reveal the pre-historic evidence of the Lehigh Valley’s earliest inhabitants through Robert Kufrovich’s collection of artifacts excavated from one of many significant archaeological sites surveyed and recorded in the path of 1980’s Interstate 78 and Route 309 Southern Corridor construction projects. The collection of stone points, scrapers, ground tools, celts, hammer stones and game balls reveal the rich heritage of the Lenape who once lived in our region from pre-historic times through the infamous “Walking Purchase.”
In 1972 Tropical Storm Agnes ravaged the Lehigh Valley with rain and wind. Days after the flood waters subsided, Upper Saucon resident Robert Kufrovich went rock hunting in a nearby cornfield. To Robert’s surprise, the ground erosion caused by “Agnes’” heavy rains unearthed stone artifacts and pottery sherds from an ancient Lenape settlement dating 8,000 B.C. to 1,500 A.D. Robert’s findings were reported to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is today recognized as a key piece of evidence of Pennsylvania’s pre-history. The artifacts show how the Lenape lived and worked in our region before the land filled with housing developments and shopping centers.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 12-17 and seniors over 62, and children under 12 are FREE.
Museum hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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- Free Parking
- Family Friendly
- Every day from Apr 1 – Apr 1, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
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