I did not see a turtle shape right away. It took time for me to see it.
Okay, I'm gonna give some background story here. On how I became aware of this place, and maybe I can share some of the land's history later.
Growing up, we moved a lot. My mother has been married and divorced 5 times. I am the oldest of 5 children. From as far back as I can remember, I
have had some extreme paranormal experiences. I was pretty much put off by the subject at a young age. If your parent won't discuss it with you
what are you supposed to think? So I spent years being afraid of something I wasn't even supposed to talk about.
There was one home that holds the most memories as we lived there longer than anywhere else, 5 whole years! This home happened to be about as close
as you can live near the site of this mound. We did not know anything about it. No one did as far as I am aware. It's surrounded by trees, fields,
and then gravel road. You cannot see it from any residence, but now that I know what is there I can see a bit of it from the road. Funny how we went
by it every day without knowing. I live in another rural town now about 45 minutes away.
The home we lived in there, out of all the places we lived, is the ONLY place I have ever been that I would actually call haunted. Not to sound mean,
but I think MOST hauntings are really just people being afraid of bumps in the night.
This home had activity day and night whether we were alone or had guests. I don't believe that true hauntings are picky and only come out at night.
At least ours didn't. In fact, the last 2 years we were living there we had the house up for sale. I remember a lot of people coming through to
look at it, but most of them were more interested in the hauntings and were not serious about buying the home. We never ended up selling. It ended
in divorce #4 and my mom moved out with us kids. My ex-stepdad's friend moved in with him, and is now the current owner. Nice guy, but he was
always too drunk to care what was going on around him. I guess maybe that works out for him.
Getting off track... there are a few other homes in the area that are also said to be very haunted. There are and have been sightings by people here
for long before my time, so I've been told by friends of my grandparents. I've witnessed these as well.
Our "next door" across-the-field neighbor found human remains while moving dirt to put in his foundation. He did NOT report this because he didn't
want to disrupt his process. Since that place is now abandoned, I have actually reported it to the university as well. Basically, they want to get
everything they can from the area. They were out there in the 60's, but did not get it all covered apparently. I just think those bodies should be
placed back where they belong out of respect.
The greater area is littered with known burial mounds. In fact, hint hint, there is one well known to most locals and open to the public very near
So, years go by and many many paranormal experiences have led me to believe that something was there. Like something big, in that area. My husband
thought I was crazy, and so did I, which is why I did not say anything to anyone else for a long time. I just had to keep going back. It's the only
place in the world that feels like home to me. I don't mean the house I lived in, but the area. I have always felt drawn to it. Maybe it's only
sentimental, but I felt like there was more.
One night I was looking at real estate online. I opened a map to look at it, and I could not help but click and drag all the way up to my old home.
It gave me chills. I just HAD to keep looking at it! I did not see anything, but just looked.
Later I had to google it just to see it again. I thought I was losing my mind, but I felt compelled to do this every day for a week or so. Until one
day, I noticed something odd. I saw circles. Could not make sense of it, but it seemed like that was what I was looking for. After 2 days, I
realized it looked like a turtle, and then I had a pretty good idea what it was.
Since then, I've done lots of research. It's been more than a year, but I finally contacted the archaeology department several months ago. I went
out there a few times to see it on the ground. Got caught once, which was embarrassing, but that's what I get I suppose. All I took was pictures,
so no harm done right?
So that's how I found it. If I can find time between dinner, soccer, scouts and bath time.. I would love to share some of the history with you