It’s taken a bit of time, but I’ve revamped the Locations page, placing things in chronological order rather than the jumble I had it in before.
Also, two new locations- the Preaching Arbor and the White Pine Club have been added and I have a third larger one I’m working on.
All this has been taking a backseat to two other rather involved projects I’m also researching. One of them is another local church history. I don’t have nearly as much information as I did with Houstonville, but I think it’s going to be rather interesting and is going to directly connect to numerous other things I have on the site.
Also, just a brief mention about metal detecting.
Digging up things from the recent past isn’t seen as much of a useful or archaeological pursuit in the United States, which is a shame. Admittedly, we aren’t Great Britain, and you wont be turning over golden Roman fibula anywhere locally, but I think it has merit as a way to determine how a piece of land was used, and in some cases, to even save old objects that have historical significance.
Of course, metal detecting is not for people without patience. For every interesting coin or farm tool you stumble upon, there’s 99 other hits you dig that turn out to be old cans, pull tabs, nails, or as is the case with the land my own home is on, lots of ruined Matchbox cars.