With most of the snow gone from the woods of northern Westchester County (NY) I decided to do some exploring in the Blue Mountain Reservation near Peekskill.
I planned to find and document some ruin-like stone structures that I had come across in an earlier walk in th area.
What I found was an intriguing array of stone structures that were all enclosed in an approx. 100 x 200m stone wall.
This enclosure is on the lower western slopes of Mount Spitzenberg. It straddles a NE- SW ridge and runs in a NW - SE orientation.
There are three man-made structures on this knoll.
- an enclosure formed by three wall/piles. The eastern wall is prominent and well constructed the other sides are more pile -like. The general direction of its opening is 158 degrees.
- a shallow rectangular outline in the saddle between the two tops of the hill
- a circular stone wall enclosure
These structures are about 10m apart.
To the SE of the knoll there is a elongated rock pile and some smaller piles.
To the next ridge to the SE is a large perched boulder.
On the SW slope of the knoll there is a slight overhang with a low stone row leading to it.
To the N of the knoll there were more rock piles including another elongated pile.
The stone wall that forms the SW edge of the enclosure continues in that direction for about another 600m to the SE. There are no other connecting walls.
There is are more stone walls to the W but do not form any enclosures. There are stone wall enclosures about 800m to the N and on the other side of Mt Spitzenberg.
This is a confusing site. The regularity and size of the enclosure suggest a colonial origin but there are no nearby roads or buildings on the 1892 USGS.
The rectangular stone outline seems colonial/european but the other two structures don't.
I would welcome any input, questions, comments or interpretations from any readers.