About a thirty minute drive from the October Country Inn, and after navigating a particular route through the tangled web of Vermont back roads, stands a leaf covered mound in the forest covering most of what may be a 2,000 year old stone structure. Moreover, similar structures are found throughout the east coast and beyond. Likewise, fifty-two stone chambers have been found in Vermont alone. The majority of these stone chambers, are found on upland valley slopes, ridges or hilltops facing the south or southeast.
Woodstock stone chamber.
The origin of these stone chambers is far from settled. A study was done in 1950 by Vermont state archeologist Giovanna Neudorfer. She concluded that these structures were root cellars made by early Vermont settlers. However, more recent archeological opinions do not share such a definitive conclusion. For one thing, the roofs and other structural members are composed of massive slabs of stone weighing many tons. Although it may not have been impossible for an early settler to split and move such stones. Why would they? There are much simpler ways to construct a root cellar.
Vermont has 52 such chambers.
Most interestingly, however, is that the winter solstice sun rises in the center of this chamber’s entranceway when viewed from inside. These chambers are also often found in association with other stone features, platforms, walls, and cairns whose alignments correspond to specific celestial events. Their use may have been a kind of prehistoric calendar. Backdating with modern computer astronomical simulations to determine when a particular chamber would have existed in order to be in alignment with a important celestial event, dates these chambers to about 2,000 ago. It has been suggested that these chambers are of ancient Phoenician or Celtic origin. Who knows? Maybe. Why don’t you visit this chamber, look around, and decide for yourself. First visit the October Country Inn. We’ll tell you how to find it.