High Mountain

Another High Mountain Area Arrowhead

My recent post about finding an arrowhead on High Mountain prompted this response from Greg Birrer:

When I was about 8 yrs old, my mother took us swimming in Franklin Lake at the Indian Trail Club.

I remember sitting in about 10 inches of water digging into the sand on the bottom looking for the little greenish spiral snails that were prevalent there.

On one occasion, I pulled up my hand, let the water wash away the dirt in my hand and I was holding an arrowhead (above)!

It is the same color as yours, but mine has the notches to tie it to the shaft.

I knew what it was right away and was elated to find it. I remember my mother's friend trying to tell me it couldn't be what I said it was!

Anyway, I still have it and, yes, I think it is of authentic Lenni Lenape origin.

According to the late  Franklin historian Jim Longo, several Lenape wintered in High Mountain's Franklin Clove, got their water from Buttermilk Falls and ice-fished in Franklin Lake.  Old map is below. The line in the map is the border of Passaic and Bergen counties.

Franklin Clove is just below the bottom of the map. (Thanks, Greg!)


High Mountain Arrowhead

High Mountain Vista 4

In case you missed my High Mountain blog post for The Nature Conservancy, I wanted to show a photo of an arrowhead I found on the Fourth of July at High Mountain. (The old nickel is included to show scale.)

My wife Patty and I were on the Red Trail near the Reservoir Drive Trailhead, after a couple of solid rains, and the arrowhead must have been exposed.

I love to look for Chert, the type of rock that this arrowhead was made from, whenever I visit High Mountain, but I never expected to find an actual arrowhead.

In fact, I have looked for arrowheads ever since I was child, to no avail. So a pretty good day.

The Lenapes wintered in High Mountain's Franklin Clove in the late 1600s, so I figure the arrowhead might have been one of theirs.

I would return it if  it were feasible, but I think the statute of limitations has run out.