In 2013, funded by a grant awarded to Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, archaeologists fanned out over the park looking for evidence of the area’s early American, colonial, and pre-colonial eras. They unearthed foundations to one of the Sherwood family’s first houses, pottery, and Native American artifacts dating back thousands of years. 

Under a second grant the Friends received, a team created plaques of the information gathered through the digs. They were placed in the park to create an archaeology trail for visitors to enjoy.