Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Water wriggled down the dirt road,
exposed stones under mud,  scrubbed
away remnants of winter. Winter rose
to the challenge,  tossed a best in class
sleet storm down on us, followed by sun,
obscured again by sleet.  Hidden under
a pine with droopy branches that made
a dry room, we unpacked our lunches
and ate, still waiting for the end of winter.

This two-tiered stone wall sits on top of a hill. Someone is standing on the upper tier.


Today I’m sharing stone artifacts we found in the woods not far from here, on the Montague-Wendell line.  There’s a lot of conjecture regarding the age of these and the nearby stone cairns. Some people think they could be from the colonial period, others wonder if they are very ancient. Forests in New England are filled with stone artifacts.



This is the upper tier of the stone wall. You can see it’s not very long, and it’s about 3.5 feet tall.




lichen blossom on tree bark





In a couple more days we’ll have trailing arbutus; bloom. This tiny flower has a wonderful fragrance.





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4 Responses to Into the Woods

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love the stacked stone walls!


    • Yes, it was amazing to be on the dirt road, stop and peer thru the woods at it– and it’s​ perhaps the length of 3 cars. They are an unsolved mystery. Did the settlers built a 2 tiered wall with extreme care in the middle of what they cleared to be field, did the Native Americans make them (there are cairns & rock piles built close by), or are they older? We don’t know. We do know from oral historfrom the family that’ owns this land​, and has for 4 generations, (thus since it was taken for the Native Americans, pretty much) that this place was on a Native American travel route, and that small groups camped in these woods. It could be they stopped here​ , last night before they got the Great Falls for the summer. It’s​ about 12 miles from the Turners’ Falls/ Great Falls Maccacre.

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      • Elizabeth says:

        I love a good mystery! I lived in New England when I was younger.

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      • Sharon Harmon says:

        Wade and I saw some around here and we were told that Italian imigrants lived in them when they were building something, maybe told that by Paul Rezendes who is quite the outdoors person. It was about 15-20 years ago.I will need to research that. I am sure JR Greene knows about them.

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