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Distance of Colonial Homes From Rivers

thebigd81

Well-known member
I've been trying to find a handful of colonial sites along the river in a bunch of my fields. In your experience how far were most colonial homes from the river? I know rivers change all the time but I'm just trying to get an idea. The field closest to the river I think is a lost cause because it's nothing but dirt. No rocks and very little signals I'm guessing flooding buried anything that may have been there.

Thanks!
 

BigTony

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Interesting question and evaluation. I guess it depends on the location of river and or area. I know there are places that folks crossed rivers or large streams but I too should do more research on this type of activity.
Hopefully others will add some info.
Tony
 

JimmyCT

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Try and locate historical plat maps for your area. This will considerably narrow things down for you. Also Topographic maps will help you identify elevated ground. Best of luck!
 

bootyhoundpa

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assuming they were stone homes there should still be a rock debris field left behind.. I’ve found several locations like this just by swinging the coil and taking long walks .. iron is usually what you want to look for first,along with glass ,pottery,ash etc..I would assume they may have had a spot by the river where they did their laundry that could be littered with buttons..
 

Ronstar

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A lot of the older cabins/homes around where I am were built near streams that feed the larger rivers. High enough to not be flooded but close enough to get water. Also look for daffodils, they do not grow wild, they were planted and usually close to gardens. Also if you see a woody brush patch that seems to be square or even rectangular then could be where the foundation was. Junk brush usually grows where the dirt is that never saw sun light or moisture for awhile.
 

thebigd81

Well-known member
Thanks for the good advice. These fields are mainly flat with no high spots which makes it tough. The only water source in the area is the river. I'd assume in the late 1700s they'd be close enough to the river for water but so far no luck
 

RICK IN KY

Active member
I've been trying to find a handful of colonial sites along the river in a bunch of my fields. In your experience how far were most colonial homes from the river? I know rivers change all the time but I'm just trying to get an idea. The field closest to the river I think is a lost cause because it's nothing but dirt. No rocks and very little signals I'm guessing flooding buried anything that may have been there.

Thanks!
Doesn’t have to be Rivers,I have found several colonial house sites
along creeks,also if you find the old family cemetery you know it’s close by
 

thebigd81

Well-known member
Doesn’t have to be Rivers,I have found several colonial house sites
along creeks,also if you find the old family cemetery you know it’s close by
Oh I know this but the area I'm searching shows 5 people who owned a 150ish acres each along the river where I have permission for 3 fields so hence why I was asking about river distance
 

Odanscoils

Well-known member
Oh I know this but the area I'm searching shows 5 people who owned a 150ish acres each along the river where I have permission for 3 fields so hence why I was asking about river distance
Maybe try working along the banks.
When you start hitting iron or more than the occasional metal objects.
Start working straight out away from the bank.
Looking for the homesite.
Any depression 5-20 ft wide could be a building location.
Many times
People will use the same access point for many years.
Same with fishing and washing locations.
Good Luck.
 
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