Surprise! Surprise!! Surprise!!!

From JFA newsletter no. 15, Winter 2006:

During a recent site walk at the old Junkins Highland Farm, members of the Planning Board and others, came across this "cairn" or pile of stones created for such purposes as marking a burial site or as a monument to someone who has died. With the origins of cairns linked primarily to Scotland, this one is located on Junkins property. It appears to be about eight feet tall and bears the legible inscription of July 4, 1892, and the name "Eric." The inscription also includes several letters after the name, but due to the growth of lichens on the stone and the weathering of time, those letters could not be clearly deciphered.

In the 1890s, all the land in the surrounding area was cleared of trees and used for grazing sheep. There are stone walls going off in several directions. They did not build stone walls in the woods. Your could see from this high point for several miles in all directions. The Atlantic Ocean to the south and the mouth of the York River to the west to the Piscataqua River at Portsmouth, and to the east, Mount Agamenticus. It seems incredible that something as visible as this eight-foot tall pile of stones within five hundred feet of a Junkins homestead was never noted in any of the writings of Roland Junkins or his brother Donald Junkins.

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