Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Looking around the Hockomock Swamp in Easton, Massachusetts

First I was reading about the Hockomock Swamp in Easton, Massachusetts at

Tispaquin's Revenge

  • The Hockomock Swamp needs to be made a National Park and then

  • Using Aerial Photography to Locate Atlantic White Cedar Stands in the Hockomock Swamp, Easton Massachusetts

    So I took a look at it, from my computer chair, drinking coffee and using this and that. Here's the spot that caught my eye, shown in Google Earth, the map co-ordinates shown down on the bottom of the center of the screen, a circle of green, a tiny bit of elevation in the swamp:

    Meanwhile, at Bing Maps, I fooled around with some differnt views of the spot:

    The most interesting view was the Western, although I couldn't capture the entire "circle" for some reason:

    The suggestion of stones in this capture makes me curious what a person might find upon closer inspection of this spot. I think I see several boulders, possibly one on top of another to the left center, something sort of oval shaped perhaps in the lower left, some boulders to walk on to get to this little island. Remember: only the Curious have something to find... 


    1. Yes that would be interesting. Maybe you can get Doug Watts to check it out when it is frozen.

    2. Thanks Tim and Pwax, this is an interesting way of 're-perceiving' the swamp. I'm just chipping off tiny slivers of a giant ice block here, as you probably know.

      I've got a lot more photos I need to post.

    3. Tim, I found an old stone wall very deep in the swamp on ... Columbus Day ... the rocks are very interesting since there are almost no rocks in the swamp at all .. it's a swamp. Prominent were the Wamsutta Chert, a stone used for toolmaking. And several others that are truly weird, as far as I can see, a granite that encased blobs of gabbro and the granite slowly spalled off.

      From an Indian Perspective, these landscapes in the Hockomock Swamp are perhaps the least disturbed of any in New England. Even the colonial disturbances are extremely old. This is one of my interests in researching it.

    4. Found this in "History of North Bridgewater..." by Bradford Kingman, 1866: "Stone House Hill is situated on the boundary line between North Bridgewater and Easton, a short distance west of the manufactory of H.T. Marshall, at "Tilden's Corner". At this place is an old cave, made in the solid stone ledge, and is said to have been used by the Indians as a dwelling. The cave may now be seen as formerly used. It is situated on the old road leading to Easton." Link to book is here. There is a Stone House Hill Rd. in Easton, but it looks pretty developed over there.