Thursday, July 13, 2017

Possible Manitou Stone (Griswold CT)

     When I asked James Finley if I could use this photo above, he sent me two more:

     James mentioned a nearby quarry - and asked a very good question: “There is a small quarry right at the bottom of the hill from where this stone is located. I'm sure most of the large stones used in and around the property came from this quarry. My question is, how could you tell if something was placed by Native Americans vs colonials given that this stone is directly along a road?”
   There’s no simple answer to the question –and, living in a home built about the time, all I can think of is more questions:
  Is that road a former Indian Trail?
    Is there more Indigenous Iconography in other stonework (such as the “wall” the stone seems incorporated into)?
  Looking at other photos, I wonder, how many times has an original stone wall been rebuilt or had stones added to?
    What else is there around there stone-wise, where does it lead to, what is enclosed?
    And I wonder about the house foundation: Is it quarried bricks and blocks, or is it like our house – serpents and turtles and a surprising number of rhomboidal stones??

    A link to the Historic Home (with more photos by James):

   (And  I took a few classes taught by a certain professor Jacobs whom I’m pretty sure was named for his relative Timothy Lester...)


Curtiss Hoffman said...

Tim -
If you look at the street view of the Lester House on Google Earth, you'll get a good impression of what the walls look like. To me, they don't look much like what you have at your place. Too regular!

Tim MacSweeney said...

Looks like lots of re-building - James tells me the 2 previous owners did a lot of that...