“Rebels Rest” as it looked before the fire of June 2014 Sewanee History
Opportunities for Student Experiential Learning and Research Student Research
Students and Faculty comb the South’s Archives
for clues to life in the mid 19th century Sewanee
Exploring the Past
Opportunities for Community Volunteers Historic Archaeology

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… is dedicated to sharing the research taking place on the site of “Rebels Rest”, the first post-Civil War structure of the new University of the South which tragically burned in July 2014. The University is taking the opportunity to explore the remains of the structure and the grounds in detail.  This research and experiential learning project is a joint effort by faculty, post graduate fellows, students and the local community.


"Explore Rebels Rest"
July 22, 2015
Friday July 31, 9am - 2pm. Tours (approx. 30 minutes long) will be available to the public. All are welcome to come and hear an overview of the Polk and Fairbanks history of the site, updates on the various research projects related to the site, and see the Rebels Rest excavation in progress.
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Archaeology Volunteer Opportunities at Rebels Rest
July 1, 2015
We welcome community volunteers to take part in the excavations and artifact processing at Rebel's Rest.
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SEI Field School team photo
Sewanee Environmental Institute Archaeological Field School 2015
June 1, 2015
This year the SEI Archaeological Field School divided their time between working on part of the Pinson site (2000 year old Middle Woodland site) and Rebels Rest (19th century home site of founding fathers of the University).
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