One Girl Scout Troop’s Historic Expedition

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Juliette Gordon Low with two Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Join Archaeological Dig at Birthplace of Organization’s Founder

By Theresa Machemer
FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Last weekend, Girl Scout troops convened at the Savannah, Georgia, birthplace of the organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, to assist with archaeological excavations ahead of the 200-year-old property’s long-awaited renovation. Nearly 100 Girl Scouts from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina participated in the dig, reports Nick Robertson for Savannah Now.

Sifting through the dirt under the guidance of head archaeologist Rita Elliott, the teens and tweens found artifacts including homemade nails, marbles and a doll’s arm.

“They’re learning a lot of things from something as simple as a nail,” Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo tells Savannah Now.

Referencing a Girl Scout who happened upon a fragment of glazed pottery, Acevedo adds, “She was running around, doing a victory lap, saying, ‘I found a pottery shard!’”

Throughout the dig, Acevedo and Elliott encouraged the girls to reflect on what their finds revealed about the history of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and the people who once lived there, from Low herself to more recent inhabitants.

According to the house-turned-museum’s website, Low’s grandparents purchased the property, built between 1818 and 1821 for local politician James Moore Wayne, in 1831. Her grandmother Sarah Gordon retained ownership of the house following her husband’s untimely death, and over the years, the residence became the focal point of the Gordon family. Low, also called Daisy, was born there on October 31, 1860.

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