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Fair to explore history of area

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By Bj Lewis

Area archeology will be in the spotlight at an event to be presented by the Denton County Office of History and Culture on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Denton County Historical Park.

The Archeology fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Denton County Historical Commission to celebrate Archeology Awareness Month, which is observed in October.

“The purpose of the fair is to explore not the typical archeology people think of — digging up like dinosaurs and Greek things,” said Kim Cupit, the county office’s curator of collections. “Archeology can be in your own backyard. People have the misconception it is all ancient — it could be items from 100 years ago.”

As an example of this type of urban archeology, Cupit cited the Taylor Farm, a recent donation to the county from the Corinth-based Taylor family.

In late 2012, Foy Taylor of Corinth donated a farmhouse built in the 1850s and several of the artifacts inside the house to the county. Officials plan to restore and move the house into the historical park to join the other structures there and use the artifacts in existing exhibits.

Some of the artifacts found in the house will be on display during the fair.

Initial artifacts found by county officials include an early gas stove, a chuckwagon and a Stetson hat and its original box.

“People have never been able to see items we acquired from the Taylor Farm yet. This will be a sneak preview of what will come to the historical park,” Cupit said.

Taylor family members will be on hand to shed light on the history of the farm and about farming and ranching in general.

In addition, there will be activities for youngsters, including a junior archeologist program and a storyteller.

Cupit said this is not the first time the county has conducted the fair, but officials are hoping it will become an annual event.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.