Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stone Pile Site Discovered in Smithville

Donald A. Windsor

A most amazing stone pile site was discovered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) foresters, Andrew Goeller and Christopher Sprague, in August 2011.  The site is on state land, west of the Ludlow Creek, in the Town of Smithville in Chenango County, New York.

This site is about a mile from two other sites and about three miles from another.
Here are three photos taken by me on Sunday 6 November 2011.


On our hike Sunday 6 November 2011, we counted 17 stone piles in a zigzag line.  On our hike Sunday 13 November 2011, we counted an additional 6 piles about a quarter mile from the 17, for a total of 23 stone piles.  There may be more.  Some smaller and disheveled piles may be buried under leaves and may have been missed.   This high number ranks up with the site in Afton, which has about three dozen piles and the site in Masonville which has about two dozen.

More investigation is intended for this winter, after the hunting gun season.