Fellow Ralph Moody fans, you won’t believe what we (actually my sleuthing husband) found! We just finished reading The Fields of Home, the 5th book in Moody’s autobiographical series. At this point in Ralph’s young teen-age years, he goes to spend some time with his abrasive maternal grandfather after getting kicked out of Medford, Massachusetts by the town sheriff. His grandfather lived just outside Lisbon Falls, Maine.
This book is full of trials of a different sort than what we’ve seen in the previous books. Here, Ralph’s trials are primarily relational ones – trials with an old, stubborn, prideful relative. There are lots of golden nuggets within the pages.
So what’s the “find”?
Well, in the book, Ralph helps his grandfather clear much of his rocky fields. Ralph even convinces his technology-shy grandfather to use dynamite to expedite the process. They pile the blasted rocks into rock walls along the edges of the fields.
In the beginning of the book, Ralph recalls his ferry trip from Boston to Bath, then the trip to Lisbon Falls where, just off of Main Street, a road would take him to his grandpa’s farm. We later learn that the farm was on a hill, the highest point for miles around.
Well, putting all these little bits together, Marathon found the farm on Google Maps! The farm is on Gould Road (Gould was the grandfather’s last name!) Once we saw “Gould Road” we were pretty sure we were hot on the trail. Then we saw the high point, and when we looked at the satellite view, we could see the rock walls – piles and piles of rock! A hundred years later, they are still there. I wonder who owns the property now and if they know about the book written about their land.
If you haven’t read any of Moody’s books, do so. You’re in for a treat.
The picture below is a view of the high field. Those white lines are the rock walls. The following picture is a close up of the rocks