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Sean Philip Cotter
  • Camp Security will be open to the public Friday.
  • It's free to attend the event, which includes presentations.
  • This Springettsbury Township location was the site of a Revolutionary War prisoner-of-war camp.

Camp Security in Springettsbury Township will be open to the public Friday, giving people the chance to watch and listen to presentations about the site.

Experienced digger and volunteer Diane Rice, of Mount Joy in Lancaster County, sifts through dirt during a Friends of Camp Security archaeological dig on the undeveloped site of the Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The camp, which advertises itself as the last remaining undeveloped prisoner-of-war camp from the Revolutionary War, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a release on its website.

The camp asks that anyone attending park at Good News Free Will Baptist Church at 530 Locust Grove Road. Shuttles will take people from the church to the dig site.

Archaeologist Steve Warfel and historian Jonathan Stayer will give presentations about the 1781-built camp at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Anyone hoping to catch those should get to the church at least half an hour before the scheduled start time.

Some of the camp's board members will be on hand to answer questions about the site, which is host to archaeological digs, the release states.

The rain date is Wednesday, June 22.

The original POW camp was built to hold British troops who had surrendered at the battle of Saratoga, New York. At the end of that upstate New York clash in 1777, British Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered his entire army to American Gen. Horatio Gates, a possible anti-George Washington conspirator whose one-time house can be visited in the 100 block of West Market Street in York City.

Those British POWs and their families were held at Camp Security, which consisted of log huts and a wooden stockade, according to the release. They were later joined by British POWs from the battle of Yorktown, Virginia, until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, the release states.

At one time, the camp held more than 1,000 prisoners, according to the release.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.