She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain

| May/June 1999

2130 US Route 5, North Windsor, Vermont 05089

If you like it, you like it, rusty iron that is. It is pretty tough going for a hike and coming across a rusty piece of metal and not investigating it further. You always need a new talking piece around the place--it keeps life interesting. This was in the Fall of '97.

I had no trouble this day, since I already had heard about the many hidden treasures around Mount Ascutney, which is partially in my hometown of Windsor, Vermont. This day was going to be a fun day, as I had just called my friend Dennis, and he said he would show me around the premises.

When I arrived at the site on a snowy day, Dennis was outside waiting for me. I took my camera and we headed down over the hill. Wow, not too far in back of the house was a 1928 one-ton truck dying from lack of interest, and it only got better from there. As we went farther down the hill to the meadow, there was a Gray inboard marine engine, '48 Ford F-6, an F-12 Farmall, a McCormick-Deering tractor, a Fordson, a '39 Chevy 1-ton, a 1946 1?-2 ton Reo, an Allis-Chalmers tractor, and even a beautiful rusty old ground driven horse-pulled manure spreader just sitting there among the trees. I have been telling my good friend Ed that we could get in on the bottom floor on these spreaders, before anyone else started collecting them, but he won't listen.

As we made the swing down to the field and skirted the edge and started back up the hill to where we began, Dennis agreed to show me the contents inside the barns and you wouldn't believe it. Chock full of old items, cars, tractors, machinery, a runner attachment to replace the wheel on a wheel-barrow for winter use, and more.

I have to tell you that right at this point I am out of film. We agreed that I would get the films developed and return to climb the mountain and see the rest at another time. This happened to be a good idea, as when the pictures came back, there was really too much snow covering the goodies to see them very well.