News release: Amherst – On Saturday, December 12 The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society on behalf of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Amherst will retrieve the December 1938 Time Capsule in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on the Courthouse grounds. Amherst Archaeologist Keith Adams, along with 1938 attendee, Mr. Paul Wailes, III, have located the general area where the capsule was buried. Adams has begun archaeological testing to pinpoint the exact site. Once located, the excavation will begin.
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Amherst County Supervisor John A. Marks, Jr., Master of Ceremony, will deliver a welcome and introduce the special guests who were in attendance at the 1938 burial including Paul Wailes, Elvira Morse, Will Mays, Sr., Helen Massie, Virginia Farrar, and others. Other presenters will include: Town Mayor K. Paul Kilgore, Jr., Paul Wailes, III and some of the 1938 attendees, and Circuit Court Judge Michael Garrett. Keith Adams will hand off the capsule, believed to be made up of a number of glass jars, to Supervisor Marks and Mayor Kilgore who will distribute the jars for opening by those in attendance during the December 1938 burial. The Museum Director Octavia Starbuck, Museum Volunteer Sandi Esposito, and Museum Intern and Sweet Briar student Fae Ruman will assist with the jars and recording the items. The Museum will become the repository for the items recovered. Closing remarks will be made by Judge Garrett with light refreshments served at the Museum following the Ceremony. If the weather is inclement, the time capsule will be retrieved and brought to the Museum’s Hamble Center for the ceremony.