An open house will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 28) at Twain’s Uncle John Quarles’ site located north of Florida, Mo., just off highway 107 southwest of Monroe City.
Archaeologists have been “digging” in the dirt at this historic farmstead off and on over the past seven years trying to find artifacts which would prove the existence of the structures that were found when mapping the site back in 1981. No one in the area at that time knew there was a house site at the location of the dig. The location of the house was found with wires in hand. The main house has been excavated and the south half of the large dog-trot log house described by Mark Twain has been reconstructed.
Many local people and those from as far away as Chicago, Kansas City, and Texas have worked on the site. Two film crews have filmed documentaries on the site. It is visited each summer by students from universities. A book has been published which contains may pictures about this site and other sites in the area. The book will be available at the open house. As a bonus those who have volunteered two or more days for the digs will receive this book free.
Saturday will be the last day this year that visitors can see volunteer archaeologists excavating the area adjacent to the main dog-trot log house. Artifacts from the past digs will be on display.