Monday, May 15, 2006

Coshocton's Old Stone Fort

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

Here's a recent photo of the Old Stone Fort located on CR 254. Multiple mysteries surround the fort such as who, when, where and why was the fort built? Did a French explorer build the structure, and if so, how long did they hang out around the area? How many people did the fort house? Was this the same race of people who built the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty?

I have a few questions of my own.

Where's the door?

Umm...I suppose the fort had been constructed to prevent Indian attacks...why didn't the Indians just wait in the mobile home next door? You know, peer out the window and taunt the Frenchmen.

The fort has no restroom facilities and no way to prepare to prepare Foie Gras en Terrine. The tiny fort could not have held many soldiers (maybe half a dozen), and because it's so dark in the fort, how could you re-load a flintlock gun or play cards?

I suspect the fort may have been a mud hut built by a depressed French man named Pierre who preferred living in dark, cramped surroundings. As for the Indians, they must have felt sorry for such a man and never attacked the fort. After all...the roof wasn't made from stone and, if the Indians really wanted to capture the fort, a few flaming arrows into the roof would have sufficed. Even simpler, they could have surrounded the fort at a safe distance and waited for the hungry Frenchman to emerge in his quest for goose liver.


Anonymous said...

Building in photo looks very 19th century. Squared-up stones, laid in courses, took a long time, required a quarry. Explorers, even French ones, usually just put up tents and then take them back down...

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