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Northwood State Park
Cairn Site
Northwood, NH

Northwood State Park is located on route 4 in Northwood, New Hampshire. The park has a small but impressive Native American stone cairn site. From the parking area, follow the dirt road past the metal gates. Shortly past the gates you will cross a stream. On the right side of road along the stream are the remains of a 19th century mill site. Follow the dirt road till you reach another dirt road on the right. Follow the right hand road down slope and past the lake on your left. A short distance past the lake you will see a large stone cairn on the left side of the road.

Northwood State Park NH - Mil Site and Cairn Site Map

Cairn (A) - This is large oval cairn built on a slight slope. It has exterior vertical walling on three sides. It measures approximately 16 wide x 46 long by 6 feet at its highest point. It has six intentionally man-made depressions in its top surface. There is a dead oak tree growing out of the cairn with a diameter of 8 1/2 feet.

Cairn (B) - This is a medium size oval mound on ground cairn. It is built in a small stream. Water flows through and under the cairn. It measures approximately 14 x 18 feet by 3 feet at its highest point. The cairn appears to have been dug into possibly by a road crew repairing the road.

Cairn (C) - This is a medium size oval mound on ground cairn. It has a single large intentional depression in the top. It measures approximately 14 x 18 feet by 3 feet at its highest point.

Cairn (D) - This cairn consists of two small stones on top of a flat boulder.

Structure (E) - This is a rectangular pile of stones placed at the corner of two stone walls. Two sides of the pile are walled upped by the stone walls. The third side side of the pile also has an exterior wall. the fourth side is not walled. Is it field clearing? Is it Native American?

Boundary Marker (F) - This is a standing stone in the middle of a small stone pile. It has spray paint on it from recent surveying activity. It is old property boundary marker. Several other boundary markers were found in the park including a a set of three standing stone type markers in a line.

CAIRN A

Northwood State Park NH Large Stone Cairn With Multiple Depressions

A view along the length of the top of the cairn. One of the 6 intentional depression features is denoted by the orange tape.

Northwood State Park NH Intentional Man-Made Depression in Stone Cairn

A close-up of one of the depression features. Note the walling along in the side rim of depression. The walling indicates it is an  intentional man-made feature.

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn

The outside of cairn on three sides has exterior walling of medium to large stones. The stones making up the interior fill of the cairn are smaller in size.

CAIRN B

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn

This is an oval mound shaped cairn. There is a concave cut into the side of cairn which may be the result
stone removal for road repairs.

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn Built over a Stream

The cairn was built in and over a small stream. The water works its way through and the under the cairn.

CAIRN C

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn

This oval mound shaped cairn.

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn with Depression Feature

On top of the cairn is a large oblong depression feature.

CAIRN D

Northwood State Park NH Native American Stone Cairn on Boulder

Two stones on a flat boulder cairn. A mitten in the photo for scale.

STRUCTURE E

Northwood State Park NH unidentified stone structure

A rectangular stone pile built at the corner of two stone walls. A walking pole is in the middle of the structure to show scale. The purpose of this structure is unknown. Field clearing? Native American?

BOUNDARY MARKER F

Northwood State Park NH Standing Stone Boundary Marker

A standing stone in a small stone pile. It is historic property boundary marker. The paint is from recent surveying activity. There are three more of these standing stone type boundary markers deep in the woods.

 

 

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