With great neighbors, a charming covered bridge nearby and sweet mountain views this would be just about heaven were it not for the ransom I have to pay to Washington County, the Town of Salem and the Cambridge School District. I have my "What was I thinking" moment every year when the tax bills come. The rest of the time I go over for a quiet place to read, listen to the birds and soak up the rivers tranquility.
Other than clearing a little path from road to river I haven't changed things much. My one addition being an old lawn chair that I leave at the top of the bank. This is my woodsy study, a place of escape and inspiration. But others have been here before me and a little poking around reveals signs of their passage.
The Eagleville Endowed Chair in Peace and Relaxation
This was obviously somebody's homestead at one time and checking Morris Levy's 1853 map of Washington County reveals a house and lot lines on this spot.
Don't chase white rabbits down this hole, Alice
Standing between the cellar hole and the well I found myself wondering what you'd find if you dug into the ground. Curiosity about the past, people who came before us and their possessions come together in the science of archeology. It's usually defined as the study of the human past thru material remains. It's sometimes seen as a branch of the broader discipline of anthropology, the science of man.
Don't we all have an inner archeologist? It's a part of us aroused by finding something old that that once belonged to another person. It could be as intriguing as an arrowhead or as mundane as a broken piece of china. It has been touched by others hands and we can't help wonder about its story.
Over in Eagleville I think I'll let the ground hold her secrets. There are enough clues on the surface to satisfy me. Besides, any digging would disturb the wild ramps that grow there in profusion and my wife would not be happy about that.
There's a couple of fox pups that can be seen outside their den on Burton Road near the intersection with Easton Station Road, south of Greenwich. Just sit quietly in your car and they play unfazed.
Also have heard reports of sand hill cranes around Greenwich. Anybody know more about those?