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History uncovered: Archeologists comb for artifacts following move of historic home

One of the most unique artifacts archaeologists have found on the site so far, McQuinn said, is a Chinese coin.

"I think that's pretty unique," said McQuinn. "We have a guy in our lab who's working on conserving the coin so that we can read it more clearly."

While archaeologists are still working on discerning what era the coin came from, McQuinn said it could represent a merchant who was traveling through the area at a time when America had growing trade with China, who had stopped in and visited the tavern.

But aside from Chinese coins, bones and plant life, some who still live in the community recall their own history of the Ebenezer Hills House.

Randall Rice, 84, of Latham, knew, William Rebussman, a man who might have been the last owner of the home.

"I used to bring [Rebussman] home from services at the Church of Christ, in Schenectady," said Rice.

According to Rice, Rebussman had lived alone in the house for as long as he had known him. Rice would often times bring his two daughters to the home to visit Rebussman, whom they called "Uncle Remus."

While Rice did not know many specifics of the home, he knew a lot about the character who last occupied it. Rice shared the tale of Rebussman's later years when he was becoming frail and did not have a telephone.

According to Rice, the congregation both Rice and Rebussman belonged to petitioned to get Rebussman a phone, and though he resisted, he eventually gave in and allowed a telephone provider even show him how to use a dial-up phone.

In the following weeks, Rice said, Rebussman got a call on his new phone from a vacuum cleaner company, asking if they could come to the home to demonstrate their product to Rebussman. Rebussman agreed.

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