MYSTERY OF THE STONE CARVINGS
| The Pinnacle is east of Lake Waramaug. Basically,
there is a triangle of huge boulders pointing to true north,
a semi-circle of stones and Hebrew inscriptions. I think
the triangle is a triangulation point for early mappers,
probably from Yale (it points to Mohawk Mountain, the
next point to triangulate from). The semi-circle, with
fire scars from the indians, is a place for a warning
fire, like that placed on Mohawk Mountain when
the Mohawks were raiding. The view southeast, south and
southwest is amazing.
The inscriptions, all in Hebrew, have always
been assumed to be from some miners that walked up to the
top of the hill for lunch (there is a quartz mine you
pass on the trail up).
Part of the triangle of stonesYet
another part of the triangle
Archaeologists have explored this site on the Pinnacle for
over two hundred years and written it up in books and articles.
Well, the world is full of surprises. The explanation
for the Hebrew carvings was recently found at the Gunn Historical
Museum, Washington, Connecticut. It was tucked
away in an early ledger for the general store in New Preston.
No date was given, but judging from the early rag-paper
on which it was written and also from the facts presented,
it dates from the late 1700s to early 1800s. It was written
by John Buckingham of Marble Dale. He spoke specifically
of "the characters engraved on the Pinnacle rock that
have been the subject of much wonder. Many learned men have
examined them, but they remain a mystery . . .The truth
has been given me by a grandson of the individual who engraved
them . . .Ebenezer Beeman, an eccentric who made pretensions
to great learning and had in his possession a Hebrew and
Greek dictionary, went to the top of the rock in 1774, taking
with him some books and tools. He attempted to engrave the
names of Issac, Moses, Adam, and Abraham. The last name
was unfinished on account of a heavy thunder shower . .
. This, I am told, may be relied on as a true account of
those Mysterious Characters."