Photo Gallery – Ben’s Cellar Hole

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The hikers paused at the edge of the cellar hole
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Our guide, Terry Mark.
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Our guide, Terry Mark, a descendant of other settlers in Gilsum Township, told us about his explorations of other house sites.
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Ben’s cellar hole near the site of his home.
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Emily standing in the cellar hole, getting ready to photograph rocks and bricks that made up the original foundation of the house
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Terry chats with Adelaide Cain and Cindy Joy, whose earlier exploration in the spring of 2004 located Benjamin’s cellar hole.
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Thick ferns lined the wood’s surface.
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The woods were green and lush in July. The reforestation of the steep hills where people cut down the forest and then attempted to farm and graze has been slowly occuring over the past 100 years. Very few of the original, huge pine trees escaped cutting in the late 1700’s.
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We made it! From left: Emily Osborn of Wisconsin, Adelaide Cain of Massachusetts, Florine Carnes of Illinois, Cindy Joy of Connecticut, Dotty Lay of Virginia, and Ann Tindall of Florida
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A steep hike down.
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Parts of the trail required slow, careful steps.
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The hike down.
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After visiting the cellar hole, the WFA group visited Vessel Rock Cemetery where Benjamin Ware, all three of his wives, and several children are buried.
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A friendly orange cat from a neighboring homestead accompanied us to the cemetery.
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View of the backs of the gravestones as we left the cemetery, now surrounded by the forest.

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