Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Porkies; Old Indian and Clam Cake sites

Two things took precedent on this journey. It was to focus on Rhode Island but also to continue working items that got left behind last year. With that in mind, I added on a visit to eastern Worcester County to finishing checking up on reported caves. And that was where my trip began.

A small section of the old Forester Barnes ledges

The reported caves (with one reference to "Porcupine Caves") proved to be just that: porcupine dens. A number of them were seen and I'm still going over location data to correlate them in to a map that designated their location. At a previous stop in town, I looked in to 'caves' that have been called Indian Caves. Once again, porcupine dens, although one was actually large enough that some adventuresome person might squeeze in. The local history expert reports a chamber within the ledge, but significant cleaning out of the den would have to take place before even attempting an entrance. The day ended with Indian (Head) Rock and locating a marvelous set of ledges pictured on an old stereoview, described as being on the Forester Barnes place.

Monument to Canonicus

Harrington's Cave. What followed was mostly visiting rocky ledges/shelters while making my way across the State to eventually land in Warwick. Part of the day's mix included the Devil's Footprint/Canonicus Monument, Queen's Fort, Mt Tom ledges, and Indian Rock/Cave.

Native American shelter

Day three was spent primarily in Rocky Point Park, followed by Drum Rock. The old amusement park is gone but the rocks remain! And there were many photographs taken of Rocky Point over the years. A favorite, simply called The Cave. The Drum Rock visit was only my second, and the first in 14 years. It gave me the opportunity to closely examine the mechanisms behind this Indian signal rock. It is considered to be one of at least two such rocks in Rhode Island rock, Rolling Rock being the other.

Circa 1870 view at Rocky Point - Rock House

Fourth day, was a laid back day. The morning was killed with research at the North Kingstown library. Then a jaunt down the road to see Pettaquamscutt Rock. Before turning home, a thorough drive-by was done in and around Indian Corner for the sake of finding any rock that might match several legends. These include blood flowing from the rock, buried Indian bones and a skeleton on the prowl looking to retrieve his stolen 'head'.

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