Barkhamsted in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cellar Holes
A Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve
About a dozen cellar holes dot the hillside of Ragged Mountain.
Some, like the one before you, are clearly marked
with foundations made of stone quarried from
nearby bedrock, similar to the stone located directly
behind this cellar hole.
Look carefully and you’ll see the quarry marks on
some stones in this cellar hole. The quarry is
described at the next stop.
The houses in the community were small and plain.
Some observers described them as “wigwams,”
the typical native house structure in New England.
Using rather more disparaging language. In 1854
a newspaper reporter from a local publication,
the Mountain Country Herald, described the
typical Lighthouse home as, “built after a style of
architecture about half-way between a wood-pile
and a log fence.”
However described, the houses built by the
residents of the community allowed them to survive
more than a century of New England’s harsh winters.
Erected by Barkhamsted
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
Location. 41° 56.55′ N, 73° 0.373′ W. Marker is in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker can be reached from East River Road 1.7 miles south of Connecticut Route 20. The marker is located on the Lighthouse Trail, 0.98 miles from the trail-head. The trail starts at the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Marker found 1.7 miles south from state route 20 on East River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barkhamsted CT 06063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Grind Stone (here, next to this marker); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Stone Quarry (here, next to this marker); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Charcoal Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); Peoples State Forest (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village (about 300 feet away); Camp White (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry Robinson Buck (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barkhamsted.
Also see . . .
1. Barkhamsted Lighthouse. (Submitted on January 3, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Barkhamsted Lighthouse. (Submitted on January 3, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Barkhamsted Historical Society. Society website (Submitted on January 3, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 130 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.