Unpaving Paradise

Cellar Hole

This is not my cellar hole. This is not my mountain. This is further down the valley near our neighbor Red. The spot is beautiful, picturesque in the mists, and I could not resist taking a photo away with me.

There used to be a lot more houses around these parts. Long ago there was a whole town on our farm land and forests. In fact, the forests were cleared for grazing sheep. Lloyd, the gentleman we bought our land from had hayed it since he was a child. There are stone walls though out the woods and one does not build stone walls out in the woods. First those areas were cleared, then the stone walls were built.

According to Lloyd, in the mini ice age of the mid-1800’s this town was abandoned. That was before his time but he knew the land when the houses were still there and falling down. Things change. Sometimes they change back. Sometimes they pave over paradise. Sometimes paradise grows back. There’s hope, Joan, there’s hope.

Outdoors: 46°F/32°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/65°F

Daily Spark: “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” from Big Yellow Taxi

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3 Responses to Unpaving Paradise

  1. Rick Scully says:

    There are a few rock walls in the young woods behind our house. With the steep slopes we can only assume this was sheep country a hundred years or so ago. I plan to work with a few of the town historians to see if I can put some names (and faces, hopefully) to who owned the land then.

    • Larry AJ says:


      You should be able to go the courthouse and research the title to your land. In theory, you should be able to trace the deeds al the way back to the original land grants (for much of the eastern part of the country) or the homesteads granted by the federal government for the Louisiana Purchase (west of the Mississippi). You don’t say where you live, but I have done this for my farm in Virginia, as well as in Iowa for my Grandparents farm. If you are in a small county, there will be a clerk that can help you learn your way around the record room – assuming you can have access which will vary depending upon the county. ALL record rooms must have some way for non county employs to do searches so the property title can be verified as clear and marketable. In Blackhawk county, where I bought some property recently, they had a counter and request forms so you could find the deed records you wanted. Then a clerk would find the record and provide you with a copy – other places have the deeds on a computer database with terminals that you can use to do a search.

      Have fun with your research!

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