We have made a few posts on the Blog recently about taking things from the Haven Hill designated Historical area at Highland Recreation area. We understand the temptations at finding something rare or unique or just plain interesting enough to want it for yourself. BUT….to understand the history at Haven Hill is not just done by seeing what was there. It is also, as Darrin as emphasized so clearly, where the item was found and what was around it. These are the other clues and additional information that makes finding an artifact at Haven Hill even more informative then just looking at an object sitting in a display case somewhere.
The temptations have been huge on the Haven Hill Project team, as we have found simply unbelievable things around the old Ford Estate. But removing them or disturbing them only destroys much of the history that surrounds these discoveries. We actually plead with any of these collectors to please realize that the Haven Hill history is still being discovered and written. Taking items home or for display elsewhere does not help in the complete understanding of all that took place on the Estate. It is hard enough protecting the area from blatant thieves who would sell metal as scrap, or other items for raw cash, just for the money, no matter what the supposed use for that money is. So PLEASE, fellow historians, and interested explorers, look, examine, photograph and rnjoy what you discover at Haven Hill. BUT….leave it there, in the place you found it as you found it. Again…our children will thank all of us for it.