This item from the Providence Journal was forwarded about Foster (the closest RI town to Jerimoth) being named the best place to live in RI.
But the point of the article is that the Highway 6 is dubbed "Suicide 6" as one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S.
The person forwarded this mentions a covered bridge near Jerimoth. It is profiled at:
You will have to look up the individual Rhode Island listing as the website is in frames.
After being tipped off about the Foster item, I did a search on Jerimoth at the Providence Journal. Here's an amusing item.
85-ton boulder mystifies the experts - Is
it 1,000 years old? - How did it end up in
Foster? - How could it have been
moved? - Was
BYLINE: DICK MARTIN Special to the Journal
PUBLICATION: Providence Journal Company
FOSTER -Michael Lyons has more than a piece of the rock. He has the whole
rock 85 tons of it, aligned east-west in front of his house on Route 101.
The problem is that no one is quite sure how it got there or what it means. One
thing they are sure of: It is a mystery waiting to be solved.
It is a pretty outstanding stone, said Stan Gaby, a professor of geology at the
University of Connecticut. Someone planted it upon that spot and aligned it
almost perfectly in line east to west. I particularly haven't seen anything
propped up like that, particularly that large.
Neither had Lyons, who moved into the house in 1984. At the time, he
recalled, brush and trees had grown up around the house, built by Lester
Hammond in 1944 and occupied by the Hammond family until sometime in the
Lyons said that when he bought it the house had been vacant for several years.
The huge, wedge-shaped stone in his front yard hidden by foliage was a
At some point, we were just walking around the property and discovered it,
Lyons said. It makes a helluva lawn ornament.
In the last year or so, Lyons uncovered the stone completely so that passersby
could appreciate its unusual size and placement.
Lyons noted that travelers stop from time to time to admire it, gawk at it as
they drive by, take photos or even pose for photos in front of it. That led to its
discovery by the New England Antiquities Research Association recently,
which has opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities for the stone.
Douglas Schwartz, state coordinator of the association, was intrigued, and
contacted other members of the association, along with Gaby, all of whom are
impressed, if not dumbfounded.
There are a lot of stone constructions tied into features of the landscape, said
Schwartz, also a Groton resident. We have a lot of accounts of native stone
construction. This is an impressive one.
The stone's origins are anyone's guess.
Schwartz theorized that it could have been placed by Algonquins 1,000 years
ago or earlier, or even by some other Native American tribe.
Jerimoth Hill, the highest point in Rhode Island, is just down the road. The
stone could be a marker of some sort, a special point for early natives to meet,
or it might have some connection to the heavens as part of Native American
knowledge, signaling a solstice or other seasonal benchmark.
The Native Americans worshiped the features of the earth, Schwartz said.
There are all kinds of things that are still being found. They sought out features
in the landscape. It was a religious thing.
Schwartz noted that early natives were responsible for a number of stone
constructions throughout the Northeast, but that they were seldom mentioned
in early town records, making it hard to trace their origins.
Though Gaby confirmed that the stone was placed by human hands and was
not the result of a glacial movement, he hesitated to suggest its origin, noting
that it is almost impossible to come to any conclusions at least not yet.
No one knows today about anyone erecting it, he said. It predates our
conversational knowledge. The point is: It goes back before anyone recollects
Norman Hammond, the oldest son of the original Hammond family who lived
there, recalled that the stone's origins were a question when he was a child, but
that no one could come up with the answer then, either.
It's always been there as far as I can remember, said Hammond.
Gaby noted that he explores rock formations all the time, including the
standing stones of England, such as Stonehenge. In 1979, he published a
book entitled Day Trips Though Connecticut, a road map to various locations
where natural and native rock formations might be found.
Those things are always kind of mysterious, he said. There are many stone
artifacts here in New England. The biggest question in your mind isn't so much
who did it, but how come it's still standing.
Lyons admitted being wary of the stone at first, since it seemed to be
precariously balanced atop another rock. But after surveying it carefully and
having others do the same, he concluded that it would take a major force to
even budge the stone in any direction, partly because of a strategically placed
stone wedge that helps keep the object in place.
The massive stone is about 8 feet wide at its widest point at the base, about 14
feet high and about 20 feet long. The top of the wedge, a long edge, points
from east to west in what Schwartz defined as a perfect line. The fact that it
sits close to the top of a large hill adds another dimension to its possible origins
As far as Lyons is concerned, it is enough to own a piece of the rock, at least
for a little while. In fact, the way he sees it, the stone is not his, but the earth's,
part of the landscape.
I don't feel like I own it, said Lyons. It will be here long after I'm gone and
this house is gone. It's part of the land, placed there by someone, sometime...
who knows when? I just think it's amazing.