Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Squint Shot 092210

After taking yesterday's squint shot of wood paneling on the walls, this is what the ceiling looks like before work was being done. The ceiling covered up a roof with numerous ways weather could find its way in. At some point, the owner is thinking a vaulted ceiling might work well in this building. Seems like a great improvement, especially once the cracks are sealed by the new roofing.
I have to wonder, also, how old this little stone house might be. According to an early plat map, "Fleming was established in 1836, located in corners of section 17, 18, 19, & 20, with post office. A ghost town now referred to as Six Corners." In the following map, "store" is written just above the rectangle that would indicate the stone house.
Once the Plank Road had been established, there were toll houses about every 7 to 8 miles from Detroit to Lansing. In my book The Fowlerville Chronicles, I show a picture of what one of the toll houses would have looked like, as well as other information on toll charges and two locations by Fowlerville, but I have wondered if this stone house may have served that purpose also at one time.A couple other points of interest on this map, it would appear a school was directly to the house's west side, a Methodist parsonage was located diagonally to the east, and among other property owners, E.D. Drew had a house south of the six corners. In Fowlerville, the building at the northeast corner was referred to as the "Drew Block" in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s where E.D. Drew ran a "cash store."

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