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LoBrau  [Member]
12/8/2008 6:25:00 PM EST
got in trouble for this as well
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TxRiverRat  [Member]
12/8/2008 7:00:43 PM EST
Cool pics, I always like checking out old farms, but I've never been to one that old.

What kind of project were you doing?
DV8  [Team Member]
12/8/2008 7:04:33 PM EST
Pretty cool. From the rifle rack on the front porch, the feathers, armadillo and the shirt tails hanging on hooks, I am willing to bet it was most recently used as a hunting cabin.
ARtraffic  [Team Member]
12/8/2008 7:23:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By DV8:
Pretty cool. From the rifle rack on the front porch, the feathers, armadillo and the shirt tails hanging on hooks, I am willing to bet it was most recently used as a hunting cabin.


That's what I was thinking.
Something cool about going through old abandoned places like that. Makes you wonder about the lives that happened there.
LoBrau  [Member]
12/9/2008 3:12:45 PM EST
I was on an archaeological dig, checking the area out before they plop a quarry down on top of it. It was definitely used as a hunting cabin, judging by the spent .22 and 30-30 casings and shotgun hulls we found, as well as a tree stump in the yard that had clearly been hit with bird shot (and the rifle rack). There was a medicine cabinet in the kitchen area with ibuprofen and tylenol cold, both expiring in June of '98, so that should help narrow down when it was last used. However, I have no idea what the shirt tails mean. I had guessed they were trophies taken from poachers found on the land, but that might be a stretch. Any ideas?
DV8  [Team Member]
12/9/2008 3:19:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By LoBrau:
I was on an archaeological dig, checking the area out before they plop a quarry down on top of it. It was definitely used as a hunting cabin, judging by the spent .22 and 30-30 casings and shotgun hulls we found, as well as a tree stump in the yard that had clearly been hit with bird shot (and the rifle rack). There was a medicine cabinet in the kitchen area with ibuprofen and tylenol cold, both expiring in June of '98, so that should help narrow down when it was last used. However, I have no idea what the shirt tails mean. I had guessed they were trophies taken from poachers found on the land, but that might be a stretch. Any ideas?



Whoever misses a deer gets their shirt tails cut off and hung up when they get back to camp.

LoBrau  [Member]
12/9/2008 4:47:14 PM EST
Oh! Damn, that's a shitload of shirt tails!
Remman  [Team Member]
12/9/2008 4:54:28 PM EST
Great pics!
FredMan  [Team Member]
12/9/2008 5:12:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By LoBrau:
I was on an archaeological dig, checking the area out before they plop a quarry down on top of it. It was definitely used as a hunting cabin, judging by the spent .22 and 30-30 casings and shotgun hulls we found, as well as a tree stump in the yard that had clearly been hit with bird shot (and the rifle rack). There was a medicine cabinet in the kitchen area with ibuprofen and tylenol cold, both expiring in June of '98, so that should help narrow down when it was last used. However, I have no idea what the shirt tails mean. I had guessed they were trophies taken from poachers found on the land, but that might be a stretch. Any ideas?


The turkey fans also give it away

I'd imagine the shirt tails are part of some solemn ceremony performed by the hunters, likely the old "drink a fifth of Beam and rip the new guy's shirt tail off" type thing. You know, the way you carve notches in your bed post?
DV8  [Team Member]
12/9/2008 5:13:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By FredMan:
Originally Posted By LoBrau:
I was on an archaeological dig, checking the area out before they plop a quarry down on top of it. It was definitely used as a hunting cabin, judging by the spent .22 and 30-30 casings and shotgun hulls we found, as well as a tree stump in the yard that had clearly been hit with bird shot (and the rifle rack). There was a medicine cabinet in the kitchen area with ibuprofen and tylenol cold, both expiring in June of '98, so that should help narrow down when it was last used. However, I have no idea what the shirt tails mean. I had guessed they were trophies taken from poachers found on the land, but that might be a stretch. Any ideas?


The turkey fans also give it away

I'd imagine the shirt tails are part of some solemn ceremony performed by the hunters, likely the old "drink a fifth of Beam and rip the new guy's shirt tail off" type thing. You know, the way you carve notches in your bed post?



Seriously, the shirt tail thing is an old hunting camp tradition. Whoever misses a deer gets their coat tail cut off.
LoBrau  [Member]
12/9/2008 5:19:06 PM EST
Nice. Man, I really need to go hunting (my mom is a vegetarian, so hunting was a big no-no in my house growing up. I've got some catching up to do).
2W0X1  [Member]
12/9/2008 6:15:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By LoBrau:

Here's the cabin we were digging around, inside and out. It's thought to have been built between 1790 and 1820, with a later cinder block kitchen added at some point. The flash makes it look a lot cheerier than it was:

Enjoy!


the age may be off a bit, the balloon frame housing design was developed in the 1830s

Argon3  [Team Member]
1/1/2009 8:24:07 AM EST
I have all my shirt tails.
At least the ones that I did not need when I forgot something. (TP)
Shoot placement in King
My longest track was 30 yards and he never left my sight.
PhatForrest  [Team Member]
1/1/2009 9:10:21 PM EST
Nice find! Stuff like this is always interesting.
RED_5  [Team Member]
1/1/2009 9:19:18 PM EST
those places are great to hunt with a metal detector
MichiganMafia  [Team Member]
1/1/2009 9:24:01 PM EST
Excellent post. I always want to explore old abandoned houses, barns etc. when I'm driving around the countryside.
sta1treeman  [Member]
1/1/2009 9:25:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By DV8:
Originally Posted By FredMan:
Originally Posted By LoBrau:
I was on an archaeological dig, checking the area out before they plop a quarry down on top of it. It was definitely used as a hunting cabin, judging by the spent .22 and 30-30 casings and shotgun hulls we found, as well as a tree stump in the yard that had clearly been hit with bird shot (and the rifle rack). There was a medicine cabinet in the kitchen area with ibuprofen and tylenol cold, both expiring in June of '98, so that should help narrow down when it was last used. However, I have no idea what the shirt tails mean. I had guessed they were trophies taken from poachers found on the land, but that might be a stretch. Any ideas?


The turkey fans also give it away

I'd imagine the shirt tails are part of some solemn ceremony performed by the hunters, likely the old "drink a fifth of Beam and rip the new guy's shirt tail off" type thing. You know, the way you carve notches in your bed post?



Seriously, the shirt tail thing is an old hunting camp tradition. Whoever misses a deer gets their coat tail cut off.


That's always been a tradition here.
LoBrau  [Member]
1/10/2009 6:13:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By RED_5:
those places are great to hunt with a metal detector


You probably wouldn't find anything too cool with that. Just some spent casings and old rusty nails and chunks of iron. There was no Civil War activity around here, so their wouldn't be anything of that nature. Most of what we found consisted of nails, hunks of iron (too badly deteriorated to figure out what they were from), small pieces of broken ceramic, and small pieces of broken glass. I think there were a few brick crumbs found as well.
Spitfir3  [Member]
1/11/2009 7:35:19 AM EST
Cool pics. Thanks for sharing.

DV8 is right about the shirt tags.
Uhwarrie  [Team Member]
1/18/2009 1:12:09 AM EST
thanks for sharing, no coins found? check around the out house that is a good place to find coins. there should also be a refuse pile around somewhere, that would be a good place for artifacts too.
4v50  [Team Member]
1/18/2009 7:47:08 AM EST
I wish I had a bomb shelter like that. It would be neat to store things or have a man's room for all the toys.
gaweidert  [Team Member]
1/20/2009 1:44:51 AM EST
Cool Pics,

When a pilot solos the first time his shirt tail is cut off and posted on the wall of the flight school. Could be marking deer taken. The turkey tails are hunting trophies.
cookhj  [Member]
1/21/2009 4:58:52 PM EST
armadillos? in VA?

well, it WAS campbell co.


in all my years living in VA (from birth to about 3 years ago) i've NEVER heard of armadillos there. must be global warming or manbearpig or something.
WayneD  [Team Member]
3/23/2009 7:40:53 AM EST
Very interesting. My Dad worked construction in the 50s and 60s, he said they built a bunch of bomb shelters.
WayneD  [Team Member]
3/23/2009 11:47:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By LoBrau:

Yes, that was a wooden door on a bomb shelter


The bomb shelter was for protection from the fallout, not the blast. The ninety degree turn inside the door would block the gamma rays which travel in straight lines. The door was only to keep out air borne particles.

Anybody buy that?
SecurityPolice  [Team Member]
4/8/2009 11:59:57 AM EST
Nice pics! Things like this make you wonder that if the walls of the house could talk, the stories that it could tell you would be interesting!
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