When Mary and I moved into our home, at 60 Brookfield Road in Fiskdale in 2006, one of the small things we found was the tiny sundial pictured below. I stumbled upon it this morning as I was packing up to move once more. Not to worry, we are staying in town.
The sundial is made of bronze, and has a stand on the back. I imagine it would have been very comfortable sitting on someones desk years ago.
Also on the reverse is an inscription. "Sturbridge Lat 42D 7M - Long 72D 5M JAN 1946". Apparently, this sundial, and the location inscribed on the reverse held some significance for the owner.
The map below shows the exact location of the coordinates. It falls in someones back yard. The other map is from the towns website, and shows two properties on the corner of New Boston Road, and Preserve Way, but I don't think the mystery location falls on either parcel. The town map shows two slivers of land running between the larger parcels, and those slivers are owned by the Town of Sturbridge. Seems the town has had them since 2012.
What would be so important that its location was inscribed in bronze on the backside of a tiny sundial? My imagination is telling me that it could be a lot of things. Secret, treasure things, or just some memories buried by a veteran returning from the war. Whatever the reason is, it is obvious that the location meant something to someone in 1946.
It's a mystery well worth some investigating, if for nothing else, so that we can all get some sleep tonight.