Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Grind Stone

Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Grind Stone (HM24D1)

Location: Barkhamsted, CT 06065 Litchfield County
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N 41° 56.551', W 73° 0.372'

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A Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve

The residents of the Lighthouse community were largely self-sufficient
when it came to their subsistence. Bone fragments found in their
fireplaces show that they ate deer and small wild game. Gun flints (used
in flint-lock rifles) and gun parts recovered in the archaeology of the site
show that they used firearms to hunt that game. Archaeologists also found
the bones of domesticated animals, including cow, so those too
were part of the diet of inhabitants.
We also know that they farmed the land. Just across East River Road, is
a narrow island that early nineteenth-century land records describe as
"James Chaugham's plow land," and other documents refer to a plot in
the village itself as "Molly Chaugham's garden."
We don't know exactly what they were growing in the "plow land" or
garden, but it is likely that corn was grown by the villagers and meal
was produced on this grind stone.
The grind stone you are looking at here was used to grind seeds
or dried corn kernels; the flat, worn-down surface resulted from
thousands of hours of grinding with a hand-held stone or "mano."
HM NumberHM24D1
Placed ByBarkhamsted Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 665273 N 4645316
Decimal Degrees41.94251667, -73.00620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 56.551', W 73° 0.372'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 56' 33.06" N, 73° 0' 22.32" W
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Area Code(s)860
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 410 E River Rd, Barkhamsted CT 06065, US
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