Another New England Mystery in Stone

This beautiful chamber sits on the side of the road in Putnam County, NY. The small low entrance is deceptive. It is very large on the inside.

Roadside Chamber in Southern New York/Connecticut Area

Roadside Chamber in Southern New York/Connecticut Area


Entrance is low and suggests the chamber is small, as does the exterior shape.


Once inside you can stand full height and see it is large and roomy.


View from exterior into interior. Rear corners corbel in at rear of structure.


Rear corner.


Other rear corner. Notice the stones at the top are larger than those composing the base.


Ceiling composed of massive stones.

A peaceful and thoughtful place.

Location:  This chamber is on Rt. 301 in Putnam County. It was very close to the chamber in the next post.

Can be described as on same side as Kent Volunteer Fire Dept, near No Richardville.  Just south of the intersection of Farmer’s Mills Rd. and Rt. 301.
Look carefully it can be seen from the road. It is just off the pavement.
Door faces SSW, with 7 roof stones.
Door opening is 3′ wide and 4’5″ high.  The chamber is 19’5″ long and 6’6″ wide by 6’6″ high.
Close to these co-ordinates: 41 28’29.6″N   73 45’44.4″W.

2 thoughts on “Another New England Mystery in Stone

  1. J Rankin says:

    You said previously that many of these places are close to old houses.

    That area must have much the same type of winter as here, cold and lots of snow. At certain times of the winter, no graves can be dug in town, so the coffins and deceased are stored in a special small building until they can dig the grave/graves.

    There are areas here where people used to stay on their farms all winter without even going to church. They would be there at Christmas but not again until Easter, if the weather permitted. When Spring came, these folks would bring anyone who had died over the winter down for burial. In the meantime they had to store them somewhere. Not likely in the house, perhaps not even in the barn, but these structures may have been built for that purpose.

    Two hundred years ago families were bigger and many had elderlies or unmarried sisters and brothers living with them. Medicine wasn’t quite what it is now, so folks died of things which seem harmless to us today.

    Since none of them seem to have had doors, they wouldn’t do for a root cellar, that was usually under the house.

    Neolithic hotel or a storage place for the deceased?

    • Gilgemesh says:

      Thank you for the insightful and probably true comment.

      In a small village near here there is a small chamber that is similar. It is in a cemetery that dates back to 1800 and earlier. It is still used today to hold the remains of the deceased until spring.

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