Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lindsley Hollow - NY

by theseventhgeneration
Lindsley Hollow is where the runoff from Bear Cub Pond flows down along Route 206. There are rock piles going straight up the hill, in a row, visible from the road.Going uphill, they can still be seen in some spots, even among ferns that are between knee and waist high.Following the row of rock piles, this ominous pile of rocks appears where the row of smaller piles terminates.Here is a close up of the largest rock pile at the base of the large mound of rocks. Notice the stone row at the far upper right corner of the photo (behind the Striped Maple).Using the large Red Maple with the low Y joint (to the left of the stone row) as a reference point, here is a close up of part of the stone row.In the photo above, just behind the stone row, is a small quarry. My suspicion is that the ominous mound was created by the quarry. However, this has left me with more questions than answers. What were they quarrying? If they were quarrying stone for barn foundations, why did they leave so much rock behind? Why do the row piles lead up to the quarry?

There are other rock piles around, not in the row and seemingly separate from the quarry, although nearby.Then the large stone with the piece of feather-and-wedge-split-granite (from the Near Bear Cub Pond post) is just north and downhill from the quarry. The granite, not being indigenous to the area, would not have come from the quarry. Any ideas on what might have gone on here would be welcome.


pwax said...

Do the piles leading up hill have those holes in the side of them?

theseventhgeneration said...

One of them definitely does. The hole goes through the cairn and faces the horizon on the opposing mountain. The damaged one looked like it had a small hole at the base (like a niche) but it was hard to tell for sure because of the damage.

The one with the hole is just downhill from the damaged pile and is visible in this picture. Now that you have me thinking about this, the possible niche faces the cairn with the hole. Maybe just a coincidence(?), or I suppose an argument could be made for fence pole supports, but why only those two rock piles?

There was another rock pile that had a large cherry tree growing up in it, so all I could make out were a few stones around the base of the tree. I would love to be able to get the age of that cherry tree!