Reader Nolen writes:
This is a friends farm, and there are tons of these piles. The hillside is not farmable now, may have been a zillion years ago. There are springs nearby or former springs, some have gone dry.
[Note the hollow - PWAX]
This is Middle TN near the AL line.
The Old Stone Fort at Manchester, TN is not very far away:
Some of them are near a former farm road, but no idea how old the road is. There was a famer who sold timber up there but these piles seem to pre-date that. They are not piled up like typical rock piles along-side fields- about 20-30' from each other in all directions. Many are most seem to be on the western side of the hill/mountain. Terrain is very rocky- limestone, heavily wooded. Most piles are considerably larger than what I would expect to cover an old grave, and they are not ined up in anyway like I would expect if they were Civil War-related. Today, Laura reports finding a 10m stone circle that she came upon horseback riding. I hope to get pix of that soon.