ZEPHYRHILLS — Organizers of this year's Founder's Day in Zephyrhills would like to start a new tradition.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 14, there will be an archaeological dig in a vacant lot in downtown. The event organizers are looking for volunteers to take part in some of the work, including sifting through dirt for artifacts and helping clean whatever is found.
Brenda Welcher, executive director of Main Street Zephyrhills, said the dig was planned for a number of reasons. She believes it is a way to get residents interested in the history and community of Zephyrhills.
And, this year's theme for Founder's Day is "Dig It: The '60s in Zephyrhills."
Welcher said the lot was chosen because there was probably a house on the land at some time, and possibly a store.
Margie Partain, who has been researching the history of the land, confirmed that she thought a house built in 1922 stood on the land, and that it was eventually turned into a store combo.
However, she said she would need to do more research to be certain what the property was used for. The city now owns the land.
Welcher said the University of South Florida's archaeological department will be leading the dig and will be logging any artifacts that might be found.
Welcher said she hopes this year's archaeological dig will find some city mementos.
"Depending on what we find this year, we might dig in the same area next year," Welcher said.
"If we don't find anything, we might dig in another place next year."