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Old 10-02-2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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W. Mass post Revolutionary War

I had found this road by accident while roaming around.

While looking to add a tag to the CT/VT 1/2 Mass Dirt TOR I reroad this road to look for a tag. Seeing these plagues I stopped to see what they were about.

I dont have good pictures (using a Blackberry) but you can get the idea of what its about.

Now one of the few enjoyable things about living in W. Mass is the amazing amount of Colonial period relics that can still be found buried out in the woods. The following pictures are from around this site. It always amazes me to think about somebody just treking out into the woods with a axe, a team of oxen and a idea and just building his dream. When you think about how difficult it must have been to build all this out in the middle of nowhere it really makes you wonder what has happened to the kind of person that actually built this nation.

So how hard do you think it would be to get approval from a Conservation Commision and the EPA to build a stone building alongside a brook with a wood water wheel running a log sawing rig powered by the waterwheel and leather drivebelts and wood pullys.

If anyone local is interested the roads name is River Rd/ Brook Rd in Plainfield, MA. Be careful with the leaves down there is a lot of ugliness hidden.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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Plainfield is one of my favorite towns in W mass. I've never seen this spot though--thanks for the tip-I'll be checking it out.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the pics. I'll add it to my list of places to stop by on a day trip.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:27 PM   #5
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My family went to Massachusetts from England is 1639. Later members went to Oregon in 1840. I am willing to bet, none of them ever said, "I think it would be fun to take a trip."

I am sure glad that they were willing to do what they did.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:22 AM   #6
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Oh the East Coast history! California is so new and coming across an old cabin from 1880 is about all we get! Thanks for sharing and keep on finding roads like this by accident.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:31 AM   #7
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:37 AM   #8
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Interesting pictures. I always like looking at old structures like that. Makes you wonder how many other undiscovered places like that exist, off the beaten trails that no one ever sees.

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