Clinton County Hidden Histories
Apr 30, 2015 02:12AM ● Published by Susan Callaway
Gallery: Great Island, Clinton County [6 Images] Click any image to expand.
When I told my brother about my fascination with that road and those fields, he told me I had been driving and re driving through the historic Indian lands of Great Island.
Great Island was long ago a gathering place and home to thousands of Indians from hundreds of tribes who would come to the island via many well-traveled paths during the 1700's.
It is no wonder I was feeling so much life force emanating from that land; so many richly varied cultures and diverse tribes had found common ground on this small island!
I truly believe echoes of those lives and times remain there to this day.
Wow! Just imagining the hands that shaped those tools and vessels so long ago has inspired me to learn more about them.
There was no marking at the start of the path indicating that anything of interest might lie ahead. Luckily for me my brother had walked this way many times and knew just where to lead me to see a remarkable stone monument marking the site of the ancient capitol of the Lenni Lenape Indians.The capitol of an Indian tribe that dates back 10,000 years!
The marker was put in place at the spot in 1913 and sits inconspicuously surrounded by the wild growth along the river. The obscurity adds to the mystique somehow. I was awestruck when I considered the significance of this humble stone structure.
There is so much to be learned there about the way a place is shaped by the people who have lived there and how the people are shaped by the land that sustains them.