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  • Heather Atwood
    December 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What is the answer? I’ve always wondered about turtle rock!

    • Eoin Vincent
      December 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      I have contacted a few of my historian friends to see if they know the story, but what I have heard is that it was the site of a tuberculosis hospital at one time. Then after that it was the Turtle Rock camp ground and I even heard that George Washington’s horse was burred there.
      I am off to find out!
      Happy new year!

  • jw
    December 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Beautiful! I think this is my favorite. Happy New Year!

    • Eoin Vincent
      December 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks! have a great new year!

  • Deb
    December 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Two of the Sandy Bay Historical Society’s board members (I’m one of the two) may be doing a presentation next season on the Leander Haskins Hospital (later Restcroft Sanatorium). I’d certainly appreciate it if you would forward any relevant info about the site to me at my blog.

    • Eoin Vincent
      December 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Deb,
      I would be interested to hear the talk and I may be able to find some others.
      Do you have any ideas on were or what the piles were used for.

  • Mark
    December 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Just talked to my father and he’s under the impression that the stones came from the construction of the house’s foundation and were pilled because there was no use for them and they didn’t want to spend the money to move the boulders.

  • Deb
    January 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Lots of speculation around over the years. There is some significance to the piles…more than construction debris. They are arranged too intently (it would have cost less to haul them off than to build the very neat mounds). Dr. Heberle’s ashes are scattered upon the mounds per his request. Makes one wonder why.

  • Sandy Barry
    December 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Anything new on this subject? I would like to know more, we walk by them all the time over the years and often wondered….

    • Eoin
      December 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

      No, I have not had the time to do the research that I wanted to do on it.
      My feeling is that they were a part of the construction of the breakwater.
      Though I have only the first round of info to prove it. I need to find other sources and put the names and dates together.

    • deb
      December 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      There is nothing new bout these. The “official” conclusion is that they are leftovers from clearing the property, building walls and foundations.



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