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  1. Oriental

    Where is this?

    Teegate, you never, ever, disappoint! Great stuff. I have been driving past this spot on a regular basis for 45 years and I can't drive past without glancing.
  2. Oriental

    Where is this?

    The remains of the Shiloh Gun Club. Route 532 halfway between Tabernacle and Chatsworth. Built in 1946 on the site of the old White Horse Tavern. Private property.
  3. Oriental

    Where is this?

    It is fascinating to me that deer were nearly hunted out of existence by 1900. In 1901 there were only 20 legally shot deer in the entire state! Fish and game prohibited hunting until 1909 and began releasing "imported" deer into the pines hoping their population would increase. As the herds...
  4. Oriental

    Wharton State Forest Marker

    Teegate, just curious if you know whether the "L" on the stone stood for Lippincott or Little or for some other past landowner?
  5. Oriental

    Chatsworth Lake

    The water level at Chatsworth Lake is down several feet. A large percentage of the lake bottom in now high and dry. It appears that much of the sand where the spill way runs has been washed away. I wonder if it will be an easy fix or something that may take some time to repair. Not only is...
  6. Oriental

    Where is this?

    I just drove past it today. On the Tabernacle-Chatsworth Road (532) not far from the old White Horse Inn site. Opposite side of the road from Paisley.
  7. Oriental

    Is Carranza Rd open?

    There is a major paving project happening on 563 from above Speedwell to near Jenkins. Traffic is only allowed in one direction and 15 minute waits for your chance to go are common. If a driver came out to 563 from Friendship they would likely cause a major traffic issue. My guess is that the...
  8. Oriental

    Herd's Cabin

    Thanks Boyd. Very interesting images.
  9. Oriental

    Herd's Cabin

    Teegate, My calculations put it in the same spot. The lidar that you and Boyd provided leave little doubt that you've found Reeve's Stone Island. Looking forward to hearing if the well at Herd's Cabin is lined with stone. Incidentally, there is no indication that a person named Herd ever...
  10. Oriental

    Herd's Cabin

    The well is mentioned in an 1810 deed so the locale goes back at least that far. One of the indentures I looked at mentions Reeve's Stone Island nearby. This was surely an outcrop of ironstone (sandstone). My guess is that the well must have been lined with this readily available material...
  11. Oriental

    Herd's Cabin

    Very, very interesting post Guy. Really cool that the well was still there. The find raises many questions. I wonder who Herd was and why he had a cabin there. I found a few other references to old cabins in the pines including one near Penn Swamp dating to the 1700s. Incidentally, the...
  12. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    Almost all of the 3000 acres lay on the west side of the West Branch. The eastern boundary line passed within 4 chains (less than 100 yards) of the forge dam. The property seemed to have extended to the north as much as it did to the south. Subsequent owners expanded the tract so that it...
  13. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    I do this all the time. The latest was two days ago when I was trying to determine the extent of the old Union Forge Tract. What never fails to amaze me is how many of the current property lines in the pines are relics of original surveys made in the mid-1700s. In the case of Union Forge...
  14. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    Centuries ago individual surveyors would have their own unique way of marking trees that they used as reference points in a survey. The number of slashes, etc. helped identify which surveyor "ran the line". I will try to find it and post.
  15. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    That's a great one!
  16. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    We will probably never know if the "cabin" was traditional or influenced by the Swedes. Perhaps the word Batsto is not of Indian origin after all. Thanks!
  17. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    Interesting how 75 years later blackout curtains are used to keep light out and not in!
  18. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    I can understand that lights along the coast could provide enemy ships or subs with a point of reference and that lights from cities and towns could do the same for aircraft but it is almost laughable that Abbott's home in Nesco could be a beacon for the Germans.
  19. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    I have read a LOT of deeds while researching various places in the Pines over the years. In describing the dimensions of the property, the deed will provide directions (in degrees from North or South) and distances (measured in chains and links) that are referred to as the "metes and bounds"...
  20. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    I never heard of blackout curtains being used in the Pines. Mostly I come across stories from along the coast. Very interesting.
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