Spring 2012 Excavation

The excavation took place behind 19 and 21 Vine St. on April 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th.

Vine Street

photo of Vine street on the 1847 Beman Triangle Map (mark it!)

Contact Us

Beman Triangle Project is a Community and Public Archaeology Project. And we always want you to be part of it! If you have any inquiries about the project or any interesting stories and accounts to tell us about, please contact: bemanadmin@wesleyan.edu To be added on to the listserv, please contact Prof. Sarah Croucher: scroucher@wesleyan.edu

Project Timeline

2002  Janice Cunningham and Elizabeth Warner publish their survey on the history of Middletown Experiment on Community: An African American Neighborhood, Middletown, Connecticut, 1847-1930. 2003 Formerly called the Leverett Beman Historic District, this site was placed on the state register of historic places and received a new name: The Beman Triangle. 2005 Sept. 26-29th Jarrod Burks of … Read more


The Beman Triangle and its residents were a vital part of American history. Beman family members were political leaders in the abolitionist, suffrage, and temperance movements. Family members were clergymen and trustees of the A.M.E. Zion Church. The Bemans and other residents of the Triangle were responsible community leaders within the prospering African American community … Read more

11 Vine

Built on a brownstone foundation, 11 Vine was constructed in 1848. In the late 1840s and 1850s, the house was owned by Ebenezer Deforest, who also used to own 9 Vine. At one point, he mortgaged the house to John Cambridge, a resident of 9 Vine. In 1860, Deforest sold the house to John’s son, … Read more