- Apr 2, 2009
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from the hay that's odd dept. Years ago, when we moved to this farm, we started learning the roads and by ways, we came across a farm house at an intersection with one of the largest canvas tipi's I have ever seen. Easily 20 to 25 ft in diameter and possible as tall. The titpi was left standing all winter and got ripped up by a spring wind storm a year or two later. Shortly thereafter the poles were gone. But I forgot all about this until my wife reminded me yesterday. Last August, during a stretch of hot and muggy weather, we spent a few days at Chincoteague VA. An island in a salt march between the main land and a barrier island.. Nice little town, most of the town burned back around 1920 so almost all houses date from after that. Mrs. and I were touring around town, looking at properties for sale and I turned down a little side street of tiny cottages and in the side yard of one of these cottages, was a baker lean to, candle lanterns, fire pit, etc. Looked like a standard rocky mtn fur trade rondy set up in the middle of this little town. An hour or so later, I ran into a guy trying do a film about the history of the town/island which was first settled in the 1600's. He had some re enactors lined up for 1600's, 1700's and 1800's and was looking for somebody with period correct boats. I asked him about the lean to and set up. He knew it was there and had been for a few weeks, but other wise didn't know anything about it. Guess somebody needed a place to stay at the beach.