Thursday, June 13, 2013
Old Stone Fort in Tennessee
As I returned home from installing my marble sculpture in Dalton, Georgia, I decided to take a break from the bumpy ride in the large rental truck and investigate the Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park near Manchester, Tennessee. I'm happy that I did - it's a very special place.
100 years later, this is all that's left of that complex of buildings in the photograph. You can see the problem that faces archaeology - without the photo could you ever imagine what that mill looked like by examining this tiny section of stone wall? So, what did the Old Stone Fort look like originally - and who actually built it? My guess is that the true story of this place is much more extensive and stranger than the accepted academic theory.
I'll end this post with a picture of the last waterfall on the trail ...well, actually a dam built in 1963, two years before it was turned into a state park. The Old Stone Fort is a magical and mysterious place. I highly recommend a stop, if you are traveling on I-24 through Tennessee. I plan to return when I get another chance.