Unearthing The American Revolution on Clove Road?
This Summer, Clove Road is going to be an archaeological site. The Daily News reported this morning that the efforts of historians of the American Revolution has led to funding to dig up Clove Road in the hopes of finding war-era artifacts.
Clove Road is a short spur in Crown Heights, running North from Empire Boulevard between Nostrand and New York to Montgomery Street, with its only other intersection at the tiny, vestigial Malbone Street (gmap).
According to the Daily News, Letitia James obtained $200,000 to fund the project after a private report found that:
800 American soldiers guarded the road - then known as the Bedford Pass - in August 1776 before retreating from advancing British forces.
Even though evidence was thin that important archeological objects would be found, the report concluded the dig should go forward because it "would enhance our understanding of American defenses in Brooklyn" and "provide a glimpse" of how camp life was for the troops.
I hope the dig doesn't inconvenience the residents of Clove Road too much - and that the dig doesn't destroy the remaining cobblestones. In fact, it would be great if the result of the dig is to restore the cobblestone path - but I don't expect that to happen. Local architect Michael Cetera is noted in the article for proposing that the street be turned into a park or a pedestrian path. Since I can't imagine it gets much vehicular traffic, I think that is a great (if also unlikely) idea.
Image via Forgotten NY's excellent article on the alleys of Brooklyn (including Clove Rd, Malbone Street and the Miami, Palm and Tampa Courts).