Volunteer archaeologists Joseph Buchanan of Newington, left, and Cynthia Redman of Windsor, right, sift through the earth at an archaeology dig at the Strong-Howard house in Windsor Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (Cynthia Redman is president) and state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni found a button, bones, bottles, smoking pipes and a musket ball beneath the floor of an addition of the home. The house is under restoration. The floor of one of the additions had been pulled up, offering an opportunity for the Windsor Historical Society to find out what treasures lay in the soil under the floor boards. The two bottles that were found are thought to be from around 1850. The original house was built around 1758 by Windsor merchant John Strong. Nathaniel Howard, a West Indies trader who married into a wealthy East Windsor family, had the home from 1772 to 1837, according to the historical society.
Rick Hartford, Hartford Courant
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