See what the Britt dig uncovered

Southern Oregon University archaeologists and others have been digging all week at the site of the Peter Britt homestead, and they're ready today to talk with the public about what they've found.

Archaeologists and historians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site at the Britt Festivals grounds. A curator from the Southern Oregon Historical Society also will be on hand to see if any pottery or other items discovered match items in the Jacksonville Museum's Britt collection.

An actor playing Peter Britt also will drop by to talk about the pioneer photographer's life and legacy.

Britt arrived in Jacksonville in the fall of 1852, ostensibly to mine for gold. After striking out in the gold fields, he became a celebrated photographer, horticulturist, vintner, beekeeper and businessman who planted the seeds for today's orchard and wine industries in southwestern Oregon. He built a two-story house for his family on the hill immediately west of First Street.

Jacksonville is in the midst of a celebration of its 150th birthday, and a number of other events are planned in the community today. A list is available on the Mail Tribune's online calendar at

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