Highland Hill Farm Properties and Arrowhead Hunting

Published: 07th August 2006
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Many people are interested in the prehistoric past, and the history of the settlement and development of America. You can help here at Highland Hill Farm. We at Highland Hill Farm want to inventory, assess, and protect all archaeological sites and historical properties on the lands under our ownership. In addition to finding and studying sites,we want to protect them. Professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, people using metal detectors, casual collectors, and commercial looters all affect the level of protection that can be provided to our cultural resources. First, our archaeological sites are finite resources. They are like oil and gas wells, once drilled and drained, they are lost forever. Many archaeologists are interested in salvaging archaeological sites before they are destroyed by land-disturbing development or construction projects. Our large scale tree transplanting can not only remove artifacts from our location but can contaminate your location. Sort of like a false positive reading. All projects funded by federal money, or located on state or federal lands must receive archaeological investigations. Projects on private property are rarely studied, unless some form of federal permit is required for the project. That is why we act. We will do our best in uncharted areas. This is our goal in doing these digs besides money. On the hundreds of acres we own, a full site evaluation would costy millions. We feel our way is a better way. Have you ever wanted to go looking for artifacts? Our farm allows you to hunt for arrowheads! We charge for this service, but where else are you allowed to go and search?(seeRules for Campdigit) We have 3 farms located near the confluence of the Susquehanna and the Chemung Rivers in Bradford County Pa. These farms are at the southern most part of what is now Athens Township. The river flats on our farms are what was once part of an Indian village known as Queen Esthers Town. This town was along the west bank of the of the river just south of the confluence. It exended for miles south along the river. As much as 5 miles of flats were inhabited. There are estimates of 70 houses being occupied in this vicinity. There is a historic marker along Rt. 220 which is on our property. It describes Queen Esthers Town. This area was also the site of the South Door of Iroquois Long House which was located near the confluence of the two rivers. The Indian settlement was destroyed on Sept. 27,1778 by Col. Thomas Hartley.

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