Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Bit of Stonyford History

These are the "message stones," at Stonyford Museum, in Stonyford California:



The plaque reads:

MESSAGE ROCKS

THE TWO MESSAGE ROCKS ARE LOCATED AT THE STONYFORD MUSEUM. AT FIRST GLANCE THESE ROCKS COULD BE MISTAKEN FOR TOMBSTONES BECAUSE OF THEIR SHAPES. THEY WERE ONCE LOCATED AT CATHOLIC POINT WHICH IS NOW AT WATERS EDGE ON THE STONYFORD END OF THE EAST PARK RESERVOIR.

BACK IN THE 1800S AND EARLY 1900S LOCAL RESIDENTS WOULD PULL OUT THE SQUARE ROCKS IN THE BIG STONE AND PLACE A MESSAGE IN THE HOLE. USUALLY, THE MESSAGE WAS A REQUEST FOR AN ITEM TO BE BROUGHT UP FROM THE VALLEY BY WHOEVER WAS MAKING THE TRIP. BUT OTHER MESSAGES WERE ALSO LEFT AT THE ROCKS.

WHAT STORIES THESE ROCKS COULD TELL IF THEY COULD SPEAK. THE STORY OF THE MESSAGE ROCKS WERE TOLD BY LAWRENCE SHARKY MOORE AND BEULAH (MOORE) VANLANDINGHAM.

Certainly, the Northern California Corvette Association makes it to the museum every year that they converge on Stonyford. The lake is open for summer (check with the County for hours of operation and info) -- maybe you should stop by!


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