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When Saints’ Rest burned down in 1876, a stone marker was placed in the ground at the site to commemorate the first dormitory building on campus. Today both the stone marker and historical marker are at the site.

Students decorated their dorm rooms in Saints Rest with photos and personal items from home. Like students today, dorm rooms were highly personalized.

Saints Rest was originally built to hold 60 students, with two students per room. However overcrowding meant that not only did more than two students share rooms, they also had to share the two beds.

Erected in 1857 to serve as a dormitory for students. It was originally referred to as the “dormitory” or “boarding hall”, and was later nicknamed Saints’ Rest after a Christian devotional book.

In 2009 another unit was opened at Saints’ Rest for Grandparent’s Day. This photo clearly shows the edge of a trash pit filled with material culture like ceramics, nails, metal, and other artifacts.

During the winter of 2007 landscaping planned to put in a tree near Saints’ Rest. Archaeological excavation was done to recover and record artifacts and features that might be in the area. Digging during the winter is hard because the soil can be…

During the 2005 excavation, a row of wooden barrels were uncovered. Based on the residues within them and documentary evidence, archaeologist argue that these were used for mixing mortar and plaster for the maintenance of the building.

Screening was done during the Saints' Rest excavation in 2005 to prevent smaller artifacts from being lost.

From the archives it was known that students used wood-burning stoves to heat their rooms. During excavation there were a number of cast iron toves piled together in one area. This area under investigation was where three chimneys had been located…

These metal pieces are all from doors. The parts make up portions of the keyhole, hinges, and handle. There was even a corresponding key found. When the building burned down, metal pieces like this were well preserved, although over time they have…