Thursday, April 27, 2017

THE STONE TOWER

When I first stumbled upon the Stone Tower, I could not believe what lay before my eyes as I exited the woods and entered the small field.  Rising up out of this field was a stone tower,  constructed of  stones laid on stones, like something out of the Knights and castles days.  It had no windows, but one side did have a sheet of plywood over it serving as a door. 
When I returned weeks later the plywood had been removed and cast aside, so I got my first look inside it.  It looked much larger from the outside, and had one large section of pipe running through an opening at the top. 

Years later I learned this was what was left of a water filtering system that was run by the Bar Harbor water Company.  In the nearby woods are the remains of an old building, and two very large foundations that were part of a sand filtering system. Large cast iron pipes running into one end of one of the foundations is still in place. 
The site is fairly easy to locate, simple drive along the Eagle Lake Road (route 233) until you come to the Duck Brook road.  Park near the corner of the duck Brook road and walk down the side of the Eagle Lake road and just beyond where the gaurd rail ends is an openning in the woods with a dirt road.  Follow the dirt road straight in a short ways to reach the small field with the stone tower.  To locate the sand filtering foundations and their remains, as soon as you enter into the woods on the dirt road, go right and the large foundations are right there.  To locate the underground tank, we followed the pipeline from in front of the stone tower through the woods a short ways.

THE STONE TOWER - Acadia National Park



OLD ROAD LEADING TO STONE TOWER


Map to the Stone Tower - Acadia National Park




Just a little update, today we returned back to the old Stone tower and this time around we followed the large water pipe leading from in front of the stone tower  through the woods to the fast moving waters of Duck Brook.  Just before the brook we found an interesting find, see photo.
underground tank

From that point we decided to follow the brook for a ways, which ended up being a good choice, as you will see.  We took video and photos of the brook as we went, but soon had to turn back and retrace our way back to the stone tower.  I remembered an old road behind the tower, and it is well hidden behind some pines.  We followed that road, which stays pretty close to the waters of Duck Brook, until we came to out next big find.  Here we came upon a large water pipe line that suddenly swung out from the side of the old road and crossed the brook, as you can see from the photos, it was a pretty amazing find.


DUCK BROOK - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Just beyond this, the road ended at a swamp, so we turned back around and headed back past the stone tower and out toward route 233 (The Eagle Lake Road).  Just before the main road we decided to get a few more photos of the huge foundations that were once part of a sand filtering system.  It seems every time I visit this area I come away with another new discovery.  Oh, and we made a huge blunder, we forgot to bring along a can of deet and the deadly Maine blackflies lived up to their reputation, our arms, necks and foreheads were covered with blackflies.


part of the sand filtering system

part of the sand filtering foundation


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