Sunday, June 21, 2009

Some Remains

These rocks, along with a stone wall that runs pretty much the width of the backyard, is what remains of a huge barn that was once stood on the property. We know this, because we have an actual photograph given to us by the previous occupants. We've traced the history as far back to find that it all started as a 100 acre plot of land. The two story house was built by Jacob Hamblen (b 1756), "an honest man, successful farmer and a good citizen"(History of Gorham). From our research, we do believe that the house was built around 1820, with the barn appearing soon after. We have accumulated an awful lot of history on the house and all the occupants who have ever walked these floors. If I do say so, quite an interesting linage. But of the great barn, that stood just up the hill a ways? All that remains are these solid granite stones in their final resting place.


  1. In the end, we'll be lucky if such a beautiful testament remains to document our presence here. Great image. Hope we get to see more of the homestead.

  2. Just think....someday someone will write about you, "he was an honest man, a successful teacher and a great husband and father." Happy Father's Day my sweetie.

  3. "There's a big hayfield up near Buxton... One in particular. It's got a long rock wall, a big oak tree at the north end. It's like something out of a Robert Frost poem... Promise me, Red. If you ever get out, find that spot. In the base of that wall, you'll find a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. A piece of black, volcanic glass. There's something buried under it I want you to have." -Shawshank Redemption
    ...I hid your pop's day gift in the wall in your picture. Good Luck! haha Happy father's day! -JN
    P.S. I couldn't hide all the beer in the wall so, just check under the volcanic glass in the fridge!

  4. Elenka - you can add one more item to your list - "he was a good friend". Hope that you had a great Father's Day, Birdman!!