Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Valley of Achor

Achor, also known as The Valley of Achor, was established in 1803.  It was a thriving little town, with a population at one time of over 700.
It is, for now, a mystery as to  why a town of this size just disappeared, but one I am eager to solve!  
I drove out to the area on November 28 to have a look around and see if there were any signs of this little town anywhere.

Of course there is.  The first indication of its existance is the church, a building that may have been built as early as 1866.
The cemetery alone is very interesting and worth a visit.    The church itself has been vandalized multiple  times and desperately needs rescued.    I doubt that that happens, but it still needs said.
So I ventured on up the road at a slow pace, hoping to see the remians of some other old buildings.To my dismay, the whole area has been mined.      If there was any building remains, they are long goine.  Perhaps the cut stone that was used to decorate the golf course below was part of Achor.
At any rate, I was about to give up when I saw the bridge.  

 The closer I got to it, the more I wanted to see and it did not disappoint!   Made from cut stone, I can't beleive it is still here!
No one has traveled this road for decades, but I could imagine men on horseback and families in horse drawn carriages entering that archway and disappearing into time!
 Inside you will find two or three bags of garbage, a childs riding toy, a couple of old gas tanks, and the remains of an old love seat.  The olther end of this little tunnel is almost grown over with vines and small trees.
The front has been pushed in with a pile of dirt.  
Still, here it is!
I don't know what the plans are for it, but I hope it can be preserved! What an amazing piece of history out in the middle of nowhere.   Was it part of Achor?  Or maybe it is part of a road that lead to Achor.  I don't know right now...but I will find out.