Re: Historic Landmarks

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Posted by NightSky on November 18, 1999 at 09:18:08:

In Reply to: Re: Historic Landmarks posted by MMMMarcia on November 18, 1999 at 08:05:02:

Marcia: My husband says he's going to be buried on the mountain overlooking our farm. I told him if that was the case, he didn't want someone coming along in a hundred years digging him up to see what treasures may be buried with him. That's been my argument all along for leaving the mound alone. Above and beyond anything else, it is the last resting place of someone that was loved, either by their mother, wife, child, or brother. We have no right to disturb that, no matter how curious we are. I will admit that after every big flood (and we have about 4 a year), I'll go out to see if there was any erosion on the mound and see what's sticking out. We've found two pottery shards and a striking flint so far. And yes, I'd love to know too, but what comes around, goes around, and it's more important for me to envision my own eventual peace (in the distant future I hope!).

Morabs are a cross between Morgans and Arabians. They have their own registry, as they have been a very successful cross. If you're into Colonial history at all, the Morgan horse is absolutely fastinating. It's the only breed in history all descended from one horse, who was given to a school teacher in Vermont in the 1700's to pay a debt. It was the first true American breed, and is currently being considered for the Vermont quarter which will be released in late 2000. Our Charlie was much more representative of the Morgan breed than the Arabian. He stood 4" shorter than the measurement for pony, but could carry anyone who chose to ride him - and with enthusiasm! The first Morgan, Figure, was famous throughout New England as he could out race a Thouroughbred, out pull a draft horse, yet was gentle enough for the smallest child, and himself stood only pony size. They plowed with him in the morning, bred him to a mare in the afternoon, then rode him to church that night. Truely an amazing animal, that passed all these wonderful qualities on to his offspring to the extent that his decendants today are known as the best all around horse in the world.

Sorry, didn't mean to write a book, but there are so many small pockets of amazing storys about this country. My kids will actually tell me 'never mind, I don't want to learn anything today.' I guess if you ask me a question, I tend to give more of an answer than you expected (or wanted).

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