EVER FOUND BURIED TREASURE ON YOUR PROPERTY? If you live in the Northeast, I’ll wager you have. Here at A Garden for the House — pictured above, in a sketch from 1878 — I’ve found all kinds of scrappy artifacts. But the “treasures” I discovered yesterday, while endeavoring to plant a small rhododendron in the Woodland Garden, came as a complete surprise:
With the first plunge of my spade, I realized I’d discovered the remains of some ancient, stone foundation. Whether this foundation was for a house or barn, I haven’t a clue. But it was located precisely where I wished to plant. As fate would have it, I couldn’t just pry out one massive stone. For it was intertwined with other, equally massive, flat-topped boulders. Thus a 10-minute planting-project turned into a 5-hour ordeal, and the required tiny hole for my tiny shrub grew into a 3-feet wide, 4-feet deep, and 6-feet long crater. Most of the stones are still underground; the picture above shows only the stones I removed.
Further exploring revealed the decorative iron piece above. (Is it any wonder I kept digging?) The thing looks like it might be part of a Victorian gate, or perhaps a segment of an iron fence around a widow’s walk (this garden overlooks a Hudson River tributary).
I haven’t a clue as to what I’ll do with either the bottle or the iron piece. The stones, however, will be put to good use. I’m always needing such pieces for retaining walls, and water features, like fish ponds.
Have you stumbled upon any interesting artifacts while gardening? If so, tell me what you unearthed. And, if there are any history buffs or archeologists reading this blog, can you give me your thoughts on the iron ornament?
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