Keystone College-DFCLT liaison, Lucas Taylor, gave a presentation about the KC-DFCLT docent program including how he selects and trains student docents and what the work entails. Members of the DFCLT team, including Board member and archaeologist Patrice Jeppson, PhD; Land Manager, John Arnone; VP of Development, Darryl Gore; Phil Condron of Condron Media, Advisory Board member, George Stark, and President Denise Dennis addressed the students, as well.
Following the program, the students proceeded to The Dennis Farm for a tour that began at the Perkins-Dennis Cemetery where Darryl Gore and Denise Dennis shared the history of the Perkins-Dennis family, through the stories of the family members resting in the cemetery. The students then walked downhill to the Prince Perkins Homestead Site where the family originally settled. Archaeologist Patrice Jeppson described the archaeological studies done at the Perkins Site, the field of professional archaeology, and showed them artifacts similar to those found at the Perkins Site. The tour then moved downhill to the Barn Complex Ruins where Lucas Taylor described the Dennis Farm’s 19th century livestock and crops. The tour ended at the farmhouse where Denise briefly described the Dennis family’s life in the house during the 19th and 20th centuries. Darryl Gore showed the students artifacts uncovered near the Dennis Farmhouse, in 2021, by Board member and archaeologist, Wade Catts.
The Museum of the American Revolution’s Living History Youth Summer Institute students and staff were enthusiastic about all they experienced and learned at the Dennis Farm. One young man commented that he was surprised by how “vast” the property is and a couple of the young women commented on how inspiring it was for them to see and hear a woman leader.
Coterra Energy sponsored MoAR’s Living History Youth Summer Institute’s transportation and Keystone College luncheon.