Upper Makefield, PA
I was lucky enough to be born into a young family whose members lived very long lives. As a result, I was able to experience the stories of my Great-Grandmother and her relatives who would give me the details not only of their lives - but of the lives of their Parents, Grandparents, and Great-Grandparents.
"Uncle Woody" was my Great-Grandmother's brother. I could listen to him for hours, and when I was lucky enough to be around for one of his visits - I did.
In their younger days, they lived at the base of Bowman's Hill on River Road. The Hill itself was originally named Beaumont's Hill, after the the family who lived on the other side of it. My Great-Grandmother would marry Stryker Beaumont, and it was how the Rossiter Family, on one side, became connected forever to the Beaumont Family on the other.
But that is a whole 'nother story.
One day Uncle Woody started to tell me about the "old viking cooper mine" near Pidcock Creek and at the bottom of Bowman's Hill. The key word here was "Viking." "Oh that's what I always heard as a kid and never had any reason to doubt it. It was always here, and they told me the Indians said they didn't build it but white men did. That would be impossible you know, unless it was the Vikings."
One day I set out to find this Mine but I did so in the Spring. I couldn't find it. But once winter hit, I set out again to look. There it was. You could see a stone ramp from the creek leading up the slope to an opening which is now partially blocked by a huge boulder. So it exists, for sure, but I've often wondered how the history books properly explain it's existence.