But I really want to write about this book.
I don't have anything good to say about it..
This is the book.
I wasn't missing much other than a good deal of aggravation! The majority of the text is about Dogtown rocks and boulders. Mostly it covers material already covered in previously published books by other authors. And they did a better job of it. In fact, the only new information in this book seems to be an analysis of the lettering styles on the Babson Boulders. Wow! The author says that the various styles proves that they were carved by several people! No kidding. (Or...maybe one guy was just having some fun trying out new styles? No, not that, but a little lack of research can be a dangerous thing.)
She goes on to indicate that there are numerous Native American cairns in the area woods. Well, maybe, I say. But after reading the next section of suppositions and fictionturnedtofact by Ms. Gage, in my opinion doubt is cast upon everything from her pen.
|The stone mounds|
As to the rest of Ms. Gage's suppositions about the Haskins property...
|The upper pool 2012|
|The lower pool 2012|
|Period photo showing the upper pool in its manicured setting|
|An aerial view c.1930. The double set of pools shown as numbers 5 and 6 and obviously included within the lawn area.|
|A slightly different view from the upper pool. House to left, cottage to right. Stone mounds surrounded by young trees and shrubs just right of middle.|
And the pipes that Ms. Gage is sure were for the elaborate landscaping pools? Mr. Haskins had a complex system of pipes because he was providing his own water supply for the estate. Pumps drew well water up into the estate's own storage tank and then the resulting pressure from the elevated tank supplied the water to the houses and to the barn. You can find the remains of these pipes all over the woods in the area because the burned leftovers of the buildings were bulldozed off to the sides taking all the piping along.
Ms. Gage also claims to have found a cistern near the cottage. What she fails to realize is that her 'cistern' was actually a cesspool. One of two on the property. A shame to mix up those usages!
|Photo taken during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 showing the water tower in the background.|
Sorry, Ms. Gage, that's just how I see it after a year of research.