This has been a farm for over 200 years, i live in the third house that was built in this location.
You would figure being almost right on top of the mount wells would be deep, ours is only 70 feet, the stream is another few hundred feet below us, natural springs that never run dry seep from the east slope and fills the small swamp the farmers dug in the valley.
To the right of were i was trying to mow is the old buggy road that connected this farm to a settlement that is now Conway founded in the 1780's, the driveway that runs by the house is a part of the road and lead to the next farm on the other mount, the Culvers, then to the small town of Ashfield founded in the 1750's.
About mid way looking down the field it curves to the right towards the swamp.
Looking back, i am on the south slope.
A part of the swamp on the left, very overgrown now.
Ground is always wet here, swamp is below me to the right, this is one of the seepage springs on the north east slope.
Another one of the springs.
This mountain top and the one behind me and to the right of me was cleared after the civil war in the 1870's. my granfather bought the DT 680 Hesston, skidder wench and begain selective logging most of the trees picked were 150 years old, it has been 15 years since the last tree was cut.
Looking towards Goshen which is around 12 miles, the farm is over the crest.
There is a settlement that pre-dates all these towns in this area around 2 miles from me to the south west right above Peter's farm, his property butts right up to it on the peak of the mountain, Briar Hill Road leads to it from Williamsburg and is a dirt road that was a bypasses, the main town road is hard to find now but the north end is still there, leads to a small settlement straight down the center of around 12 celler holes on each side, each property is surrounded by high stone walls and is around 2 narrow acres with the properties streching down the mountain on both sides, root cellers are dug into the side of the mount not far from the celler holes, the east side towards Briar Hill Road and the south side is gone, damaged by skidders and bull dozers from logging. The town is around 1/8 of a mile or less long spanning the crest of that mountain peak. The road that runs through my field to conway splits and lead to that town which is now a part of Williamsburg township.
The name was never known and no history was ever passed, after the British invaded Skinnerville which is now Williamsburg, it never was resettled.
This part of Ma is very old and parts of it still remains the same dating back to the early 1700's.
We are a blink of an eye, lots of water will come to you someday and the corn will grow strong.
Edited by trowel, July 11, 2014 - 07:40 PM.