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The cellar of our 1850 house in Maine had native rock; most were granitic and one pegmatite foundation rock included a large beryl crystal. There was also an old rock wall that ran north from the house; and along the northern property line, more rock walls. The land in Maine was tough to farm and after the fertile lands south of the Great Lakes opened a lot of New Englanders went to a land easier to live in, both for tilling and for climate. The rock walls are a testamony to their earlier toils in New England
Those photo’s are like areas near me in TN. I am on the Ocoee River in Copper hill TN. We have a huge lake that was created from TVA damming the river. Though the area was settled in late 1800, there were tons of other houses flooded by the dam being created. When we hike the area’s where these settlements are, it makes me wonder who, what, when, and what happened here. I make up stories of Moonshiners and and using the river for transport… Being that I am in the entertainment/rafting business, Ocoee Rafting whitewater rafting is the main attraction to here. There is a wealth of history and people come into town and leave the same day after leaving their money behind. I make a living with the rafting and still know that I could probably take hikes and talk about some history and make money too?
I’ve spent alot of time staring into some old cellar holes in the hills where i live. I think of the happening and daily life of those people. Like during the cold windy nights In winter when it must have been a chore just to survive.
One in particular has a well built into the rock cellar wall. You can see a hole where they had access from the cellar without going outside. Always wondered, Was this due to fear of attack by Indians or just a handy addition. Then a local woman who had dug up a huge amount of Info on early settlers told me the farm belonged to the Hall family. And that the owner or a son was a prisioner in the Ill-famed Andersonvill Prison during the civil war.
Wouldn’t care to go ahead In time, but i’d sure like to go back and see the daily happenings of these eary settlers.
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