the mill that once stood on Morgan Creek downstream from here. What I do believe is that many a wagon and cart traveled that road over time, most likely in the 1800's and the wheels and rains wore a rut in the earth 8 feet deep or more in places. Now it's a green moss and fern lined track. Like the chimney- I don't know when that road went out of use, but most likely it was back in the early 1900's.
I like to visit the chimney now and then during the winter. I wander around it imagining who might have lived there, how old it is, what happened and how long ago. Did it burn? Most likely, there is no sign of any other part of the structure. Just stones that formed the foundation, all buried under a foot or more of pine needles. h
Here you can see them piled in the fireplace.
I would love to do an excavation around the cabin site to see what I might unearth, if anything. What must it have been like to live there, 4 or 5 miles from town, in that tiny cabin, possibly no neighbors for several miles and scratch out an existence off the land? I can only imagine. Whoever built that chimney certainly built it to last and it has stood now for 10 or 15 decades or more. I've pondered researching the history of that parcel of land back in time, but its tricky to figure out how I might actually do that successfully. Any suggestions?