The history of New Philadelphia, founded in 1836 by Free Frank McWorter, embraces the compelling stories of African Americans and European Americans residing in a community founded by an exceptional figure during times of extreme racism.  Archaeologists, historians, genealogists, and members of the local and descendant communities are working together to advance research into this remarkable crossroads of families, merchants, farmers, and artisans, and to enhance their focus in our national memory and heritage.  Join us in exploring these histories and debates which are stimulating dialogue and engagement at local, regional, and national levels.  New Philadelphia has now been successfully nominated as a National Historic Landmark based on such collaborative pursuits in history and archaeology.

The National Park Service is now considering the New Philadelphia National Landmark Site to become a unit of NPS!

View the NPS resources for its Special Resource Study:

And a summary of the background of New Philadelphia and its remarkable character in American history at

Many thanks!

This Web 2.0 portal provides resources for participating and discussing this ongoing project. Click here for our Web 1.0 site, entitled Historical Landscapes of New Philadelphia. Our thanks to the University of Illinois' Community Informatics Initiative for their support of these resources.

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Our 2011 excavation teams uncovered the foundation and basement of Louisa McWorter's mid-19th century house and a nearby well. Artifacts included an 1862 coin in the foundation fill and buttons from Squire McWorter's Union Army uniform from the Civil War. We experienced heavy rains this field season, but progressed well. We wrapped up in the field on June 25 and moved to Illinois State Museum's laboratory facilities for another five weeks of research and analysis. The images below show our Teams X, Y and Z excavating the Louisa McWorter house site and associated features in Block 13 at New Philadelphia, Illinois, in June 2010 (photographs by C. Fennell).