In the early 1800's, the village of Braun's Gulf (aka Mechanicsville) was a thriving little mill village in the town of Deerfield, north of Utica NY, along Reall's Creek. As the years passed, Utica grew substantially and by the end of the century, Braun's Gulf was no more. The only means of accessing the site is by hiking 4+ miles down a heavily forested ravine, so...*shrugs*...that's what I did today. I plan to return later on, perhaps in the fall, to explore the village site itself, but for now, here are some photos of what I found in the Deerfield Ravine.
This bridge abutment is all that's left of an old road across the creek. It was constructed around an existing waterfall
Another bridge abutment located near the site of the old mill dam
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