FWIW, the c. 1949 USGS topo shows the Clay Works here. But the exact location is a little vague, since it's only a label without a point feature.I thought that Old Half Way was southeast of the pits a mile or so.
Yes, we're talking about the same place. When I was there last, a few years ago there was no additional planking which made it a bit tricky to cross.
The cellar holes are along the south side of the pit.If memory serves me there are several between the road and pit edge in the scrub oak and maybe one or two south of the road as well.Small holes,nothing spectacularTom, Al,
I really did not realize Old Half Way was the clay pits. I thought that Old Half Way was southeast of the pits a mile or so. When were they dug out? In the 1930's it looks like bare ground. Wasn't there a travelers rest stop there in the 19th century?
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And that matches with the 1/4 mile distance from the GS stone.The cellar holes are along the south side of the pit.If memory serves me there are several between the road and pit edge in the scrub oak and maybe one or two south of the road as well.Small holes,nothing spectacular
I think I can find that big one from the description I guess no one from the house asked you what you were doingIf you read the article I posted yesterday in the newspaper forum, you may have noticed the photo of the Monroe stone near Cedar Bridge. I had known about that stone for a while but never visited it because it is right near a home and we usually stay away from those places. However, it is state property so we went there today and took a few photos and left. The sun was on the wrong side of the stone which makes for a bad photo. Anyway, this is the JW JM 1743 stone, the beginning corner to the John Monroe tract. It is interesting to see that as I mentioned in a previous post, Jerseyman told me that in the 1700's it was common practice to use the capital letter I (Eye) in place of the letter J for the first name. So this stone which is the JM stone has the initials written IM, the same as the Burr stone I posted a photo of a month ago.
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While in the area we were able to find another stone for the survey on top of a small rise on the side of the road with the vegetation around it recently cut.
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A description of the JM 1743 stone from an old deed where the deed itself mentions an older deed.
Beginning at a stone lettered JM on the north side and JW on the South side, standing about North 48 degrees West, 950 feet from the bridge below the sheeting of the old saw mill, and according to old deeds within 100 feet from the South side of the road leading to the Old Half Way.
We have more to find with one of them just a short distance from Route 72 in thick briers the last time we were there.