The Hammonasset Line
By Glenn Kreisberg
Have you have ever heard of the Hammonasset Line? Probably not: I hadn't.
The Hammonasset Line, which starts at Montauk on Long Island, goes through Connecticut and crosses over into New York State, is comprised of pre-colonial stone structures that are theorized to be many thousands of years old. Cairns can be found as well as formed Cairns, unusual walls, marking boulders and travel ways; all found along the line through many townships. The Line marks both the winter solstice sunrise and summer solstice sunset. In Connecticut, the line has been useful for predicting and locating sites where many ancient stone cairns and structure have been found.
The Hammonasset Line plotted from Montauk, LI to Stony Clove, NY at 318.5 degrees NW
After rediscovering the alignments, researcher Charles Thomas Paul extended the Hammonasset Line and discovered it aligns with the Devils Tombstone in Stony Clove between Phoenicia and Hunter which too, apparently orients toward the summer and winter solstices along this line.
After crossing the Hudson River and passing through the town of Saugerties, the Hammonasset Line runs across the eastern most part of Woodstock before ascending the eastern slopes of the Overlook Mountain, crossing into Green County and heading into the Catskills towards Devils Tombstone. The line crosses into the Catskill Mountains at a point near the southern terminus of what was said to have been referred to by local natives as "The Wall of the Manitou" an imposing buttress of sheer mountain walls, running north and south between Woodstock and Catskill, and directly facing the Hudson River Valley to the east.
According to Native American author and Marist Professor Evan Pritchard (Native New Yorker, 2007) the "Wall" represented a separation between the real and the spiritual worlds and journeys up or beyond the mountains were seen as journeys toward Heaven. And, the further up you journeyed into the mountains, the higher level of Heaven was attained. Manitou was the 12th or highest level. This cultural belief of multiple levels of Heaven has correlations with peoples from other ancient cultures from Indian Rishis to Egyptian Priests and even in Christian scripture. There's a good reason the Tibetan Buddhists choose near the top of the Overlook Mountain in Woodstock for their monastery.
Interestingly Professor Pritchard has identified a standing stone just north of Rt. 212, between Woodstock and Saugerties across from a pond, which he believes sits on the Hammonasset Line.
Having the Hammonasset Line pass through Woodstock and Saugerties seems to put our geographic area in good company with many other sacred sites that have markers aligned with the yearly solstices, including Newgrange in the Ireland, Uaxactun in Guatemala, Palenque in Mexico, and the Temple at Karnak in Egypt.