When you’re walking up the trail you may run across an old cement platform that was Julia Butterfield’s house patio. Hard to believe that she lived in this area, but it’s true! The Haldane trail used to be open land and owned by Julia Butterfield. She looked across the river at her husband’s grave. She married Dan Butterfield, who was a soldier who wrote the army song “taps” and has a grave at West Point. Before all the trees grew, Julia used to be able to see his grave from the patio.
Julia Butterfield was married to Dan Butterfield who was a soldier in the Civil War and wrote the military song “taps”, and if you are on or close to the trail, that means you are on her estate.
**A glacial erratic is a boulder transported and deposited by a glacier having a lithology different than the bedrock upon which it is sitting. Glacial erratics are useful indicators of patterns of former ice flow.
***James Pond James Pond is a seasonal and a vernal pond which is about 6 feet deep, and about 35 feet across.