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Move the Adams House?

April 4, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Regarding the opinion of Anna Stober, and also to Anna Stober, regarding the Adams House on the Indian mound in Pineland:

Please rest easy concerning the thought that our home is built on a burial mound. There are several convincing reasons why this is most highly improbable.

Firstly, Frank Adams was no fool. He built the house here in 1910 quite possibly for the same reason the canal passed close by. Undoubtedly, the foremost concern for the Indian population, as for Mr. Adams, was a close constant supply of fresh water. Here it was, and here it is.

The number of Indians said to be here suggests that their fresh water needs were critical. Their method of transportation was by boat, and afoot. There is a reason they had a site here, and it was not for a cemetery.

Frank Cushing was indeed an educated person. In his field of expertise, there were some things left to speculation, but in matters of height, distance and direction, he was by nature and necessity quite accurate. The Adams Mound is not 62 or 63 feet, and it has not been that high.

It is not in the course direction described by Mr. Cushing from where he stood. Indeed, had it been southeast of where he was standing, he might find himself there today in Alden Pines. Also, the lake area and the adjacent mounds still exist in low form, but their remains are elsewhere close by.

Of course, the trail to the truth will lead one to the Pineland Road, to the wet areas west of the post office, and southeast of where Mr. Cushing stood. So what happened to the 62-plus mound that was there? Stringfellow Road base, and roads like it. The shell from those mounds moved by necessity to build roads removed these mounds. The wet lake areas are still there. Salt marsh lakes, with channels somewhat obscured.

Move the Adams House? Well, it is not so high as thought, but it would still have to come down off a substantial mound, perhaps 30ish feet. It is old and was not built to be moved, and the tortoise underground residents, who dig deep in the sand mound, never uncovering a human remain, would be disturbed. But I for one would suggest that the experts first conduct a dig on the mound to determine what it is really about. No bones about it, I really do.

Many experts come to our area regularly, often with the research center. I notice that they are young and curiously interested in their direction. Having little time to stay in the area, their opinions often become quite mixed, as they study the opinions of those who have visited for a short time before. Often though, the opinion of another becomes a factual account.

Not to worry, though, the Adams House is a wonderful place to live or remain, and I for one can certainly state that the grounds are most peaceful, and respectful.


Jerry Smith



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