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Barkhamsted in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Demonstration Charcoal Mound

 
 
Demonstration Charcoal Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, October 8, 2019
1. Demonstration Charcoal Mound Marker
Inscription.  
Careful inspection of the ground behind this sign reveals a raised circular mound about 30 feet in diameter, surrounded by a narrow, circular depression. The unnatural shape and bits of charcoal under the leaf layer are the telltale signs of an old charcoal mound. Up to 30 cords of wood were piled high, covered with dirt and leaves, and cooked slowly from within for about two weeks. Approximately 30 bushels of charcoal were produced per cord of firewood. At peak production, it is estimated that 23 square miles of forests were clearcut each year to supply the wood for the charcoal hearths.

This demonstration charcoal mound was restored in /September 2017 by the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest (FALPS) volunteers.

 
Erected 2019 by FALPS (Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest) and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
 
Location. 41° 55.553′ N, 72° 59.836′ W. Marker is in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. The marker is located on the Blue
Demonstration Charcoal Mound and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, October 8, 2019
2. Demonstration Charcoal Mound and Marker
Trail 0.1 miles north of the Nature Museum on Greenwoods Road, in Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted CT 06063. The marker is also a 0.3 mile walk from the Barkhamsted Historical Society on 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted CT 06063. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Charcoal Industry (here, next to this marker); Squire's Tavern (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Austin Hawes Memorial Campground (approx. 0.7 miles away); Camp White (approx. 1.1 miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cellar Holes (approx. 1.2 miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Grind Stone (approx. 1.2 miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Stone Quarry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barkhamsted.
 
Regarding Demonstration Charcoal Mound. This marker is located on one of the 37 current Connecticut State Archaeological Preserves. Barkhamsted is home to 3 of them.
 
Also see . . .
1. How to make charcoal. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Connecticut State Archaeology sites. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Connecticut Public Radio. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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