GRTA is a non-profit citizens group that advocates for the 77-mile rail-trail in Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties of southeastern West Virginia.
Scheduled to begin Sept. 14, the archeological dig will be a homecoming of sorts for the three professional archeologists that will lead it. Brothers Stephen and David McBride, and Kim Arbogast McBride, Stephen’s wife, all based in Lexington, KY, are natives of Greenbrier County. They all graduated from Greenbrier East High School in the early 1970s. Their previous projects in West Virginia include investigations of frontier forts in the Greenbrier and New River valleys.
The study will occur on a 5.5 Acre parcel next to the Greenbrier River Trail near Caldwell, three miles east of Lewisburg. The site is proposed for a new trailhead parking and picnicking area that will supplement the current heavily-used parking lot at the southern end of the Trail. Volunteers are being recruited to assist the archeologists in excavating and cleaning artifacts for any part of the 3-week duration of the project.
GRTA has started a GoFundMe campaign to pay for it with a goal of $23,250. https://www.gofundme.com/f/greenbrier-river-trail-archeology-dig