Monday, September 9, 2013

Tomantown Road

Pam took Jeremiah The Horse for a nice long ride yesterday down Tomantown Road.  The road runs from Bleecker to Mayfield but was abandoned many years ago.  Finch-Pruyn logging trucks have been using it though, frantically logging the land.  They sold their property to the Nature Conservancy and have only a short time to log it before the deed changes hands.

New York State is in the process of purchasing land from the Nature Conservancy to add to the Adirondack Park.  You can see a map of these acquisitions on their web page Finch-Pryun Land Map.  If you scroll to the bottom, you'll see where it says "Benson Road".  That would be the land behind our property.

The DEC says this is the largest addition to the state forest preserve in 117 years.

"The 3,800-acre Benson Road Tract in Mayfield will provide opportunities for two snowmobile connector trails, fishing access to Stony Creek and a network of non-motorized multiple-use trails."  Sorry James.

Pam took lots of photos, posted here for your enjoyment.  You can see why we love the beauty of this area so much.

The loggers clear large areas for logs and equipment.  Or, just for the hell of it.

Yeah, they make a mess.  But in ten years, you won't see a sign of this.

Yep, a garter snake.  Lots of those around here.

Beautiful.  This is why we bought property in the Adirondacks.

What a handsome boy!

They've got rocks too.

Pam's uncle's camp.  It's a guy getaway, and looks like it.

Stony Creek.

I haven't been able to find much about Tomantown, except that it was a town named after the Tomans, and they were all wiped out by smallpox.  That happened a lot back then.  Smallpox. And falling widow maker trees.


  1. Pam, is that a GPS on your horse? Is it like "Spot" something that can track the horse? Or is just a "bug" replant device?

    1. It's a GPS. I wanted to see how far the road went. Everyone keeps telling me it about twelve miles long. HA, not even close.... It was five miles from our end whichnis called Tannery Rd. to my uncles' camp. My Dad has said they're a couple miles in frommthe ir end where it comes out on Jackson Summit Rd. I was lucky the guys weren't logging when I went in. If they were, I wouldn't have been able to continue passed the first "landing" area I came to. Jeremiah is afraid of cars and big noises.... If one of those big machines were on, we would never have gotten close... Not to mention the HUGE logging trucks that go up and down the dirt road hauling the logs out. I can't wait for them to be done once and for all in there and then I can ride without worry of logging stuff.

  2. Tomantown