There have been several archaeological investigations within the platted town of Colchester through the years: GMU field schools, Fairfax County archaeologists, ASV volunteers, a graduate student from University of Idaho.. but there can only be one first, and that was Fairfax County historian Mrs. Edith Sprouse. Many of you know her book:
The majority of her extensive research was archival, but she did plan, organize, and execute some trenching to identify some features identified on infrared aerials, including the intersection of today’s Old Colchester Road (once Fairfax Street) and the historical Wine Street.
Here is a picture of the lady herself, inspecting the architecture of another historical house on Mason Neck. Photo curtesy of the Virginia Room.