The Homesite the hill that’s not a hill, but a mound

At the very heart of Randall Glen is the hill we call the Homesite. When we first realized that this sizeable hill—facing East and oddly flat on top—didn’t fit any of the contours of the land around it, we thought it was a Native American ceremonial mound. But archaeologists tell us it’s much older than that, probably a pre-Clovis living site, reaching back more than 20,000 years into the beginnings of humankind. And we certainly find ancient artifacts everywhere at Randall Glen. In fact, our garden has probably been farmed since those earliest days—every time we cultivate the garden we find stone hoes and other Paleo farming tools. Like us, like the settlers, like the Native Americans, Paleo man must have felt like our garden is perfectly situated for farming!