Middleton, Vermont is a quiet place, mostly woods, with a small mill on the creek and some farms scattered across the green hills. It is a friendly bug humble folk who live here. We never had cause to make a fuss about anything, that is until Mr. Winchell came to town.
This Thing of Nature recounts the story of the rodsman Winchell as told by one of his most faithful followers.
Inspired by the true events of the “Wood Scrape” in 1800, Winchell introduces the people of Middletown to the practice of divining with hazel rods to discern the future and find hidden treasures.
To his closest followers, Wincell reveals the biggest prize of all-a cache of buried gold left in the ground by the Native Americans. The only problem is the terrible guardian spirit that watches over the treasure.
In order to find and secure the money, Wincell and his party must keep themselves pure, have faith in the power of the rod, and maintain perfect silence as they did. And so, with that charge the rodsmen set out on their adventure.
Will they find the mysterious loot, or will the terrible spirit whisk it away from under their shovels?
This edition features full-color scans of the original one-of-a-kind accordion fold book.