It was a crystal clear November morning. We gathered to explore Mendon’s Town Forest. A motley crew, but full of spirit. Our fearless leader, Paul, is on the right.
(All of the pictures are thumbnails, click for a full sized image.)
The first stop was what Paul called “Anchor Rock”. A large submerged boulder at the base of the remains of a house foundation.
Jane was an umpire in a former life.
Evidence of carving in the large rock. There was obviously carvings on the rock, but they are difficult to make them out.
Until someone had the bright idea to highlight the carving with chalk.
The symbol below the date represents the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (also known as “The Three Link Fraternity”, the links represent Friendship, Love and Truth). “F”, “L”, “T” are carved in each of the three links. This carving is over 130 years old.
This area has been in use much longer than that. Records show that the town approved a road be laid in 1726. For the arithmetically impaired, that’s nearly 300 years ago. We suspect this similar carving was done later.
We suspect that this was carved later than the first.
Anyone know who A.I. Alexander was? None of us have a clue what meaning the anchor has.
So that’s why Paul called this the Anchor Rock.
The Anchor Rock sits in front of the remains of a house (the stone foundations survives). The remnants of the house’s well can still be seen.
Down the road a piece was a second house.
Apparently, the house was held together with nails. Square ones, made by blacksmiths.
The remains of a mill stone.
One of the more interesting things we discovered was this house’s well. It was completely intact, including water!
We continued our walk to “Stone Bridge”
The stream lead us to the most interesting find of the day. Paul explained that it’s most likely a dam and the foundation for a waterwheel.
UPDATE: I’ve been told that this is a “Mill Race”
The stream is actually behind this stone wall and seeps through the wall.
Looking downstream from the dam, the waterwheel would have sat between these two walls.
Finally, we head up to Wigwam Hill, one of the highest points in Worcester County. Today it’s used as a fire spotting tower.
It appears one of us has some sort of A.D.D. From here it was back to Paul and Patrice’s place for home-made soup.