Some artifacts from a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township will be on display this weekend as historians attempt to pique the public's interest in an upcoming archeological dig.

The artifacts and documents from the State Museum of Pennsylvania relating to Camp Security will be shown at the Schultz House, 580 Locust Grove Road. The house was donated two years ago to Historic York Inc.

With the help of volunteers, archeologist Steve Warfel will conduct a dig around the house, starting in late August, in hopes of finding more evidence from the camp.

"The belief is the Revolutionary War tie is there," said Alycia Reiten, executive director of Historic York.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Historic York a $5,000 grant to help fund the dig. An anonymous donor matched that amount.

The National Trust has identified the prisoner-of-war camp, which is off Locust Grove Road, as one of the nation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places four years ago.

The trust also made a report to Congress last year, recommending Camp Security as one of 26 Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites that is a priority for preservation.

A limited dig in 1979 revealed pottery shards, buttons, gold coins and other artifacts from the era.

The artifacts have rarely been on display in York County. The last time was during Springettsbury Township's centennial celebration in 1991, said Carol Tanzola, president of the Friends of Camp Security.


AT A GLANCECamp Security, a prisoner of war camp during the Revolutionary War, has been recognized as one of the nation's most endangered historically significant sites.

Preservationists and local developer Tim Pasch have battled for more than a decade over the site.

Pasch wants to build hundreds of homes on the farmland surrounding the Schultz House.

Some historians say the exact location of the camp isn't known.

IF YOU GOThe public is invited to the Schultz House on Saturday to see artifacts from Camp Security and learn more about an upcoming archeological dig.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. The house is located at 580 Locust Grove Road.

Lead archeologist Steve Warfel will give a presentation at 1 p.m., and visitors will see a PowerPoint presentation about the site.

People also can learn about volunteering for the dig.

- Blog posts get you up to date on Camp Security preservation efforts. See story, photo at York Town Square.