"I have held up a light in the obscurity of Philosophy, which will be seen centuries after I am dead. It will be seen amidst the erection of Tombs, Theatres, Foundations, Temples, Orders and Fraternities for nobility and obedience — the establishment of good laws as an example to the World. For I am not raising a Capitol or Pyramid to the Pride of men, but laying a foundation in the human understanding for a holy Temple after he model of the World. For my memory I leave it to Men's charitable speeches, to foreign Nations and the next Ages, and to my own Country after some Time has elapsed." -- Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Bk II.


Join me to explore the hidden tenets of arranged alignments of architecture and art. Structures as diverse as the Great Pyramid, Baalbek, The Tower of the Winds, Hagia Sopia, Basilica San Vitale, The Dome of the Rock, St. Peter's Square, Gisors, The Newport Tower, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, and the Georgia Guidestones all may have a common origin.

Three reproductions of the Tower of the Winds in England help to display how this age old value is viewed through time. Along the way many legends and myths associated with the Holy Grail and other relics are examined.

Treasure myths such as the Oak Island Legend and The Beale Treasure Legend may have a common origin and hidden meaning. The tale of The Bruton Parish Church Vault (a.k.a. "Bacon's Vault) may also be a copy of an already existent mystery at Stirling Castle.

Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wasdsworth Longfellow, The Newport Tower, Westford Knight and Oak Island

Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Westford Knight, Oak Island, and Newport Tower. Uh huh.

There is no overt proof that Edgar Allan Poe knew the truth of the Newport Tower. Some of the places that the Poe visited during his life along with some of his works may indicate not only knowledge of the Newport Tower and what it represents but also an understanding of all the mysteries we have examined here and many more. What possible proof is there that Poe may have known about even the Newport Tower? There are no records of him commenting on this mystery though we see him at least mentioned in association with the famous cipher on the “90 foot stone of Oak Island.” Why and how would Edgar Allan Poe have known of these phenomena even in some cases they mysteries were not known to the public until after his death?

Earlier we examined Poe’s legacy with the Society of the Cincinnati that may have contributed to his exploits and investigations. An examination of the lineage of Poe’s Mother Elizabeth may reveal some startling associations that may have manifested themselves in what Poe viewed as a family legacy. Elizabeth Poe’s maiden or given last name was Arnold. When Poe was a student at West Point he was known to have bragged that Benedict Arnold was his grandfather. An examination of his genealogy shows that Poe was not the grandson of Benedict Arnold. What is not commonly discussed is the fact that Poe’s mother was directly related to and descended from the same source as Benedict Arnold Jr. and Sr. Benedict Arnold is a member of the 9th generation extending from Richard I Arnold of England. Elizabeth Poe/Arnold is a member of the 11th generation of Richard I Arnold. A theory involving the application of long-range family goals in association with other relations would support the notion that Poe may have been initiate of these mysteries in a similar manner to which Thomas Jefferson had been introduced.

Benedict Arnold Sr. is the man who common history tells us built the Newport Tower. It appears highly possible that Benedict Arnold jr. the famous traitor of the Revolutionary war may have been the Grand Uncle of Elizabeth Poe. It is possible that this information was exposed to Poe as part of a family legacy he held. This is a startling connection between Poe and the mystery of the Newport Tower with all its possible connections to President Jefferson via his relation to the famous Easton family of Newport Rhode Island. Benedict Arnold was also present in London at the time of Elizabeth Arnold’s birth in 1787. Benedict Arnold returned to England to live for the rest of his life in 1791.

All of this may indicate some sort of knowledge on the part of Edgar Allan Poe with regard to the truth of the Newport Tower. Our examination here does suggest that the deductive talents of Poe would have also led him to investigate all the associations with other places that the Newport Tower holds including the Kensington Rune. The roots of the Kensington mystery may even lay in Virginia where both Jefferson and Poe have family connections to those that may have had knowledge of or even had arranged these mysteries as part of an intelligence gathering and manipulation operation.  

That is only one of the possibilities suggested by Poe’s involvement in these mysteries even if only hinted at. Taken in total this all suggests that he not only knew of but used these concepts in his writing. Poe’s inclusion in the Society of the Cincinnati and his lineage including links to the Arnold family put him in a class of people that included Thomas Jefferson. Poe would go on to become a sort of American Sir Francis Bacon. Given all of this information in total it is easy to imagine Poe being a acolyte of Bacon’s who did a great deal during his life to propagate the philosophies and plans of Sir Francis. Poe was of an intellect and aptitude comparable to Bacon’s. Poe’s work with cryptography and ciphers along with his deductive abilities place him squarely in this class of scholars.

In Poe’s work entitled “Eureka” he even discusses Bacon’s deductive reasoning in comparison to the method employed by Aristotle. In this text Poe refers to Bacon as “Hog” and Aristotle as Mr. Aris Tuttle. Eureka is interesting in that it even briefly discusses the existence of time based vortexes in association with specific points on the earth. This is an amazing correlation to late nineteenth century and early twentieth century views of the attributes of certain places on the globe that may be marked by temples. Poe’s speculation in this realm also matches many of the things the Cassini and d’Abbadie families of France were interested in. The notion of these type of vortexes may have also been part of what was valued at Rennes le Chateau thus bolstering the notion that Poe had knowledge of that phenomena as well as others that fell into the same category.

Poe’s family relation is interesting but what other hints may there be that Poe knew of the Newport Tower and what it represents?

One of the most famous sites pointed to by researchers who believe that elements of Henry Sinclair’s navy had come to North America in the fourteenth century is located in Westford, Massachusetts. Westford is the site of the famous “Westford Knight” stone carving. This rock art illustrates what resembles a Knights Templar burial slab from Scotland. It depicts the figure of a Knight who may have been of the Gunn family. This carving is also recently discovered to include the famous X letter or font with the extension on the upper part of the X as seen on the Kensington Rune. Many researchers have linked this rock art in Westford to those that they feel had constructed the Newport Tower.

The inclusion of this strange X symbol on the Westford Knight may also support the notion that Poe was aware of it and all the meanings it held with regard to his Virginia heritage. This symbol is present on the Archer Reliquary of Jamestown, The logo of the College of William and Mary, The Kensington Rune, and the burial slabs of the Royalty of Monaco at the St. Nicholas Cathedral there. There is an established familial connection between Thomas Jefferson and Peter Easton a.ka. The Marquis of Savoy in Monaco. Jefferson visited Monaco during his trip to France and Italy as Secretary of State. We have examined in other work how the octagon of the St. Nicholas cathedral points an arc on the globe to the Newport Tower and Poplar Forest (Jefferson’s octagon) in Virginia. Given our studies of Poe here this is an amazing geographic correlation that likely extends far beyond a chance association.

Edgar Allan Poe visited Westford Massachusetts several times to meet “Annie” the subject of some of his poetry and a love interest developed by him after the death of his wife Virginia. Annie lived in Westford and Poe visited the town several times and was even noted as “exploring the local area thoroughly.” Today there is a monument to Edgar Allan Poe in front of what was once Annie’s house. It is possible that part of Poe’s fascination with Westford was yet another more ancient monument. Poe’s presence in Westford may indicate this is true. If nothing else Poe had a talent for showing up in places that are associated with this occult activity and associated overtones. There is a huge amount of metaphorical and anecdotal information that suggests Poe had not only been schooled in the skills needed to understand all of this but to add to it and interpret it in ways many had never thought of. Here in the personage of E.A. Poe we have an individual eminently capable of deciphering any mystery that was left behind by Sir Francis Bacon or his descendants.

Poe’s love of Annie came near the end of his life during the period in which Poe wrote what he considered his Magnum Opus entitled “Eureka.” Interestingly Poe dedicated “Eureka” to Alexander Von Humboldt. Von Humboldt surfaces at different places in this saga and he was associated with all the major players who seemed to value the concept of the Axis Mundi and Prime Meridian in a secret society if not talismanic manner. This again is another amazing coincidence tying Poe to the circle of people we have previously identified as having knowledge of and practicing this tradition. Edgar Allen Poe was educated for a time in England. This factor may have also contributed to his role in these mysteries.

Given this new information about Poe we may consider that he knew of and possibly used these concepts as part of an intelligence service. These tenets may have in turn been used against those that opposed a Republic in France as well as those that wished to undermine this concept in the United States. During this era a constant silent war between deposed monarchies and those that wished a Republic raged. Poe may have applied some of his knowledge of the traditional values of Royalty against them. These operations may have included other free thinkers and intellectuals such as Alexander Von Humboldt, Thomas Jefferson, Marquis de Lafayette, Alexandre Dumas, Dominique Cassini, Francois Arago, Antoine d’ Abbadie, Samuel Morse, and James Fennimore Cooper. The Society of the Cincinnati played a clear role in supporting the notion of a Republic in both France and the United States. In many ways this group of intellectuals resembles description of the famous Priory of Sion or “Invisible College” of Sir Francis Bacon.

This poem entitled “Eldorado” was written by Poe during the last year of his life in the time frame in which he visited Westford Massachusetts. This poem both refers to the lost treasure of Eldorado and the passing of a Knight or chivalric figure as seen at the Westford Knight rock art. In addition the theme of the poem has a Knight dying in a quest for “Eldorado.” The theme of Eldorado involves a distinctly North or South American connotation that would not have been applied to the “Old World.” Poe may have intentionally applied this distinct American imagery to that of a Knight on a quest as part of what he may have known. We also this this theme during the same era being repeated by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The saga whether true or false involving Henry Sinclair and his Knights coming to the Westford area and burying one of their own may be interpreted within this Poe work. The fact that he came to Westford at a time when the Westford Knight was considered to be Native American rock art is notable. Is it possible that Poe saw the Westford Knight and correctly interpreted it with his poem “Eldorado” serving as metaphorical proof or suggestion that this is true? Or had the representation of the Westford Knight as such was part of the “Norumbega” movement that espoused Norse settlement in New England prior to Columbus.

Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe.

Gaily bedight,
A gallant Knight,
In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old-
This Knight so bold-
And o’er his heart a shadow
Fell, as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length
He met a pilgrim shadow-
“Shadow” said he,
“Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?”

“Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,”
The shade replied,-
“If you seek for Eldorado!”
-E.A. Poe 1849.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the Newport Tower.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edgar Allan Poe were contemporary poets and authors. Both men gained a great deal of notoriety and had a great deal in common though Longfellow was from Maine and Poe was from Virginia. Longfellow and Poe are easily two of the most recognizable names from eighteenth century poetry. As we have seen Poe may have been privy to the secrets of the Newport Tower, Rennes le Chateau, Westford Knight and likely other similar historical oddities such as Oak Island.

An examination of the life of Longfellow may expose that he was both a literary and Society of the Cincinnati cohort of Edgar Allan Poe. It also appears that Longfellow could have easily been aware of the truth of Oak Island as well. It may be that Longfellow was one of the cadre of American literary and artistic figures that had decided or possibly been chosen to express American culture and political concepts in their work. In the process of this we see how Poe may have been a kind of spy who looked after the interests of the American Republic in the same way the Society of the Cincinnati was known to have done. There are some interesting things about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that may show his loyalties with regard to the Society as well.

Longfellow’s home in Cambridge Massachusetts once served as General Washington’s headquarters during the siege of Boston of the Revolutionary War. Longfellow was apparently proud of this fact and even purchased two tea cups of the Society of the Cincinnati china that only members were allowed to have. There is a story of the Lee family demanding their Society of the Cincinnati china back after the Civil War so this tableware was of significant value to members. His mother, Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow, was the daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth, who had served in the American Revolution. This would have made one male progeny of Peleg Wadsworth eligible for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati. Either way it is clear that he valued this house and its association with President Washington. The house had even been given to the Longfellow’s upon intermarriage with the former owners during Washington’s stay, the Craigie family.

These factors and many others all add up to suggest that Longfellow may have at least held the same patriotic sentiments as the Society and may have been part of an organized effort on their part to help establish and American identity in literature and art throughout the world. This may have been seen as a very important factor during the age of Poe and Longfellow prior to the advent of modern media. The tradition of using artists and writers as part of an intelligence service is nothing new. At this time Poe and Longfellow were opposed by a similar group in England that may have been associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Joaquin (Cincinnatus) Miller of California may have also worked as a kind of literary spy for the Society of the Cincinnati.

As it turns out Longfellow also has a strong association with the Newport Tower and the concept of the Norse having come to America long ago. His poem “A Skeleton in Armor” was inspired by this belief and even refers to the Newport Tower. Longfellow was part of a group of elite Bostonians who even promoted the building of a statue of Leif Eriksson at one point there. Longfellow was a friend with Eben Norton Horsford. Horsford was a wealthy chemist who had invented a more efficient form of baking soda and became incredibly wealthy.

Horsford built what is known of as the “Norumbega” Tower on a site on the Charles River where he felt there had once stood a Viking settlement of the same name. Horsford was an amateur archaeologist who excavated some colonial stone foundations and insisted the period artifacts he had found were simply trash deposited atop the Vikings houses. Both Horsford and Longfellow also viewed the Newport Tower as having come from this Viking invasion. Horsford estimated that up to ten thousand Norwegians had come to New England and had established “Norumbega.” Some of Horsford’s critics even suggest all of this as outright fraud though despite this he erected a plaque stating these foundations to be the first remnants of Norumbega to have been found.

The name Norumbega is likely of Native American derivation and is associated with both a place and another family that has been studied extensively in relation to their association with what is known as the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye. Governor of French Louisiana (Arcadia) Blaise d’Abbadie was governor at the time Thomas Jefferson was President and there is an extensive correspondence between the two. Blaise d’Abbadie was the governor at the time Louisiana was handed over to the Untied States thus possibly providing us with a link to even the Kensington Rune.

The first governor of French Acadia (Arcadia) was Bernard d’Abbadie St. Castin. Their capitol was known as Norumbega and was located in what is now Castine Maine named for the d’Abbadie family. Other d’Abbadie’s included the d’Abbadie St. Germain family that maintained French Royal summer palace of St. Germain en Laye also home to the exiled Stewart Jacobite Kings at one time. Many things about the narrative presented here do indeed have intersections with other theories about several mysteries that seem to have captured the public imagination.

Antoine and Arnaud d’Abbadie were famous Ethiopian explorers in the tradition of James Bruce resulting in Antoine’s construction of Chateau Abbadia considered the “Rosslyn Chapel” of France. This entire saga continually includes an intermarried web of direct relations. Even the son of Arnaud d’Abbadie Jean Pierre would marry a woman named Elena Bidwell whose family had branched out from the same Biddulph family as Chico founder John Bidwell. Since they were once governors of the province that includes Oak Island we should not discount their involvement in this complex story.

The son of Baron Bernard St. Castin d’Abbadie of Norumbega returned to France to claim his fathers title after the Maritime region came under British control. Bernard Ansleme d’Abbadie did regain his title and became known of as the Count of Norumbega. Eventually his daughter would marry a Bourbon of the Royal Family. This union would have possibly injected Mic Maq native blood into the Royal Family as this was the origins of his mother. This is also reminiscent of how members of the Monctezuma family were made Spanish nobility and intermarried with some of the noble houses whose families are involved in these studies.

The nineteenth century d’Abbadie’s Arnaud and Antoine were part of a clique of astronomers and intellectuals including the Cassini family (Cassini Space Probe, Early map of France), Thomas Jefferson, Francois Arago (Arago brass medallions Paris Meridian, onetime director of the Paris Observatory), and Alexander Von Humboldt. To this group of men figuring out these geographic mysteries would be very easy. It would also not be beyond their understanding to have created similar legends of their own associated with American history and lore instead of the lore of the Old Country. Pierre L’ Enfant may also fit into this category and he was indeed a member of the Society of the Cincinnati along w/ the Marquis of Lafayette and other French officers of the Revolution.

It is very interesting that both Poe and Longfellow seemed to be both associated with the Society of the Cincinnati and had written poems about Knights. Poe may have penned “Eldorado” based on the Westford Knight. In his work “Skeleton in Armor” Longfellow may have been inspired by the Newport and Norumbega Towers.” Also amazing again is the familial connection that Poe had to Newport and Benedict Arnold Sr. the said builder of the Tower. It is possible that all of these coincidences add up to the fact that both of these men knew inside information about the truth or reality of both the Westford Knight and Newport Tower via their association with the Society and their family legacies.

It is clear that outwardly Longfellow believed that Norsemen had come to New England long before Columbus. There is no record of Poe knowing any of this beyond speculation based on his work and political associations.

Is it possible that this “Norumbega” movement was attempting to accomplish a goal of the Society of the Cincinnati? Horsford and his group of elite Boston residents who believed in the Norumbega concept may have also had a political agenda that included a kind of racist view of the development of North America. Part of their aim seemed to be to disprove that Columbus had discovered America. It also may be surmised that they went to great lengths to accomplish this goal.

An examination of the “archaeology” done by Horsford reveals that none of the material he recovered was Norse in origin. Many people accused him of exaggerating to support a political and racially motivated agenda at this time. It may be for these reasons and the above associations with the Society of the Cincinnati that we may speculate that this was more of a socio-political play than a serious belief that was being manipulated. It is logical to assume Norse may have come to North America. What we may be forced to consider in relation to Poe and Longfellow’s involvement here is that this belief also had a political agenda attached.

Later near the turn of the century we would see a Viking Ship being displayed at the Columbus World Exposition of Chicago. The symbolism of a Viking ship at the Columbus Exposition was not lost on many who wished to believe that Vikings had come first. This was in the era prior to the discovery of the L’Anse Aux Meadows Viking Site in Newfoundland. What was it that made these people truly believe something like this with no proof? In addition as of publishing date no reliably confirmed “Norse” or “Viking” artifacts have been identified beyond L’Anse Aux Meadows, Labrador, and Greenland.

Alternately all of this may mean that these men were privy to whatever was being hidden by the existence of the Newport Tower and Westford Knight. Was this secret hiding how the English had claimed New England by using the site of the Newport Tower and later building it? Had “Norsemen” really built it and this was what was a secret for some reason? Is this why the Newport Tower “points to” the Kensington Rune? Involving the same Hill family with relatives in Kings County Nova Scotia? One of whom was the CEO of the Oak Island Eldorado Company also coincidentally the name of a poem by Arnold relative and Society of the Cincinnati agent Poe about the Westford Knight? Laugh out loud.

The Viking meme runs throughout the values and political views of this group of people especially in the mid to late nineteenth century. Coincidentally when the Kensington Rune was first deposited by the Hudson’s Bay Company or interests of Lord Selkirk’s Red River Colony. In a town primarily developed by the Hill family who were related to George Washington, and Meriwether Lewis known as Alexandria Minnesota where the Kensington Rune Stone Museum is now located. It all links together via an examination of the apparently fake Norse artifacts one of which is located in Mahone Bay Nova Scotia where Oak Island is as well. We have seen how even the word “Kensington” is related to William and Mary and the College of the same name.

It may be that there was knowledge that Scandinavian people had come before Columbus. We also may note that Columbus “discovered” North America by claiming the West Indies and not mainland North America. The big difference here is that Columbus came and used a predetermined method of legally claiming property that all other royal interests had agreed upon. This process may be one of the most practical functions of an Axis Mundi or establishment of a Prime Meridian. In addition the Spanish managed to possess and maintain their claims over time. Proving the Norse had “claimed” North America would involve proving that they had been here in significant numbers and had maintained a presence. This may have been one of the aims of the Norumbega group that included Horsford, Longfellow, and many other influential Bostonians.

Legal descriptions of Property require that the property in question be tied into a fixed point known to both parties with an angle and distance to the claimed land compared to the position of this point on earth. The Greek tradition of the Tower of the Winds displays this concept. Royal or elite factions would build a Temple that defined a Templum. Note the Temporal nature of both words. Time is relative to space via the spinning of the earth on its axis. Structures like those seen in Heliopolis, Baalbek, The Temple Mount, Ravenna, and the octagons of Thomas Jefferson were all built as kind of geodetic markers on the face of the earth that also among many other functions served to mark time. This helped to define the temporal power of the region being ruled. You were literally being told what time it was.

The Newport Tower is such a tower or Magdala. By plotting the position of the Newport Tower from Star Castle in England the claim of New England by Elizabeth could be legally described in terms that Spanish and Portuguese nobility could understand and agree upon. Many times a tower or monument is built at a point of claim where an ephemeris or star log was collected enabling comparison of this point to any other point where an ephemeris was collected. (This relationship between Newport Tower is discussed in depth in “The Geographic Mysteries of Sir Francis Bacon).

During their lives Poe criticized Longfellow and accused him of liberally borrowing the ideas of others. Poe was also known to criticize members of the opposing camp who seemed to have loyalties to England at this time. It is even possible that Poe was criticizing Longfellow as part of a ploy of some kind. It is clear that they were on the same side and both associated with one of the most patriotic societies in the United States.

The Skeleton in Armor.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Speak! speak! thou fearful guest!
Who, with thy hollow breast
Still in rude armor drest,
      Comest to daunt me!
Wrapt not in Eastern balms,
But with thy fleshless palms
Stretched, as if asking alms,
      Why dost thou haunt me?”

Then, from those cavernous eyes
Pale flashes seemed to rise,
As when the Northern skies
      Gleam in December;
And, like the water’s flow
Under December’s snow,
Came a dull voice of woe
      From the heart’s chamber.

“I was a Viking old!
My deeds, though manifold,
No Skald in song has told,
      No Saga taught thee!
Take heed, that in thy verse
Thou dost the tale rehearse,
Else dread a dead man’s curse;
      For this I sought thee.

“Far in the Northern Land,
By the wild Baltic’s strand,
I, with my childish hand,
      Tamed the gerfalcon;
And, with my skates fast-bound,
Skimmed the half-frozen Sound,
That the poor whimpering hound
      Trembled to walk on.

“Oft to his frozen lair
Tracked I the grisly bear,
While from my path the hare
      Fled like a shadow;
Oft through the forest dark
Followed the were-wolf’s bark,
Until the soaring lark
      Sang from the meadow.

“But when I older grew,
Joining a corsair’s crew,
O’er the dark sea I flew
      With the marauders.
Wild was the life we led;
Many the souls that sped,
Many the hearts that bled,
      By our stern orders.

“Many a wassail-bout
Wore the long Winter out;
Often our midnight shout
      Set the cocks crowing,
As we the Berserk’s tale
Measured in cups of ale,
Draining the oaken pail,
      Filled to o’erflowing.

“Once as I told in glee
Tales of the stormy sea,
Soft eyes did gaze on me,
      Burning yet tender;
And as the white stars shine
On the dark Norway pine,
On that dark heart of mine
      Fell their soft splendor.

“I wooed the blue-eyed maid,
Yielding, yet half afraid,
And in the forest’s shade
      Our vows were plighted.
Under its loosened vest
Fluttered her little breast,
Like birds within their nest
      By the hawk frighted.

“Bright in her father’s hall
Shields gleamed upon the wall,
Loud sang the minstrels all,
      Chanting his glory;
When of old Hildebrand
I asked his daughter’s hand,
Mute did the minstrels stand
      To hear my story.

“While the brown ale he quaffed,
Loud then the champion laughed,
And as the wind-gusts waft
      The sea-foam brightly,
So the loud laugh of scorn,
Out of those lips unshorn,
From the deep drinking-horn
      Blew the foam lightly.

“She was a Prince’s child,
I but a Viking wild,
And though she blushed and smiled,
      I was discarded!
Should not the dove so white
Follow the sea-mew’s flight,
Why did they leave that night
      Her nest unguarded?

“Scarce had I put to sea,
Bearing the maid with me,
Fairest of all was she
      Among the Norsemen!
When on the white sea-strand,
Waving his armed hand,
Saw we old Hildebrand,
      With twenty horsemen.

“Then launched they to the blast,
Bent like a reed each mast,
Yet we were gaining fast,
      When the wind failed us;
And with a sudden flaw
Came round the gusty Skaw,
So that our foe we saw
      Laugh as he hailed us.

“And as to catch the gale
Round veered the flapping sail,
‘Death!’ was the helmsman’s hail,
      ‘Death without quarter!’
Mid-ships with iron keel
Struck we her ribs of steel;
Down her black hulk did reel
      Through the black water!

“As with his wings aslant,
Sails the fierce cormorant,
Seeking some rocky haunt,
      With his prey laden, —
So toward the open main,
Beating to sea again,
Through the wild hurricane,
      Bore I the maiden.

“Three weeks we westward bore,
And when the storm was o’er,
Cloud-like we saw the shore
      Stretching to leeward;
There for my lady’s bower
Built I the lofty tower,
Which, to this very hour,
   Stands looking seaward.

“There lived we many years;
Time dried the maiden’s tears;
She had forgot her fears,
      She was a mother;
Death closed her mild blue eyes,
Under that tower she lies;
Ne’er shall the sun arise
      On such another!

“Still grew my bosom then,
Still as a stagnant fen!
Hateful to me were men,
      The sunlight hateful!
In the vast forest here,
Clad in my warlike gear,
Fell I upon my spear,
      Oh, death was grateful!

“Thus, seamed with many scars,
Bursting these prison bars,
Up to its native stars
      My soul ascended!
There from the flowing bowl
Deep drinks the warrior’s soul,
Skoal! to the Northland! skoal!”
      Thus the tale ended.

Longfellow, the Prescott family and Oak Island Nova Scotia!

In our studies here it is hard to ignore the associations of Poe and Longfellow with the Westford Knight and Newport Tower. Their involvement in the activities of the Society of the Cincinnati may be the reason they were privy to some of these mysteries. It seems Poe may have even known about Rennes le Chateau long before this mystery was developed in the mind of the public. Their knowledge of these phenomena may have been part of information they had gathered about their Royal class opponents in the U.S. and France. It is clear that Longfellow traveled the continent extensively and Poe is at least suspected of having gone as described in A. Dumas’ letter.

Note also that Dumas may have written this letter in association with his time in Italy searching for the treasure of Alaric II the Merovingian King. Other legends state this treasure is located in Montaigne Alaric near Carcassonne France. This treasure legend in extreme southern Italy is said by some to include the Temple Treasure from Rome that had been originally taken from the Temple Mount by Titus under the auspices of Emperor Vespasian. This treasure in Italy was said to have been entombed in a river bed by Alaric II. This included the fact that the course of the river had been changed in order to deposit the tomb or chamber and then redirect the river back on its original course.

This story resembles aspects of how Sir Francis Bacon had also supposedly stashed a chamber full of documents in the River Wye in England using the same technique. It seems history repeats itself. This story also has much in common with the Legend of Bacon’s Vault in Williamsburg, The Beale Treasure and many other stories. In fact this tale also has much in common with some of the theories we see being espoused at Oak Island today.

Many speculate that a chamber is concealed on Oak Island and that the famous Money pit is the conduit that accesses this chamber. This story also in many ways resembles the mythology of Rosicrucian thought and the story of C. Rosenkreutz being entombed in a seven sided chamber in an unknown mountain location. Each of these treasure legends also revolves around a mystery possibly created by a specific family group for their own reasons. It may or may not have anything to do with a real tangible treasure. Is it possible that these treasure stories are designed more to teach you about alternate concepts of faith and spirituality while also weeding out those who are incapable of really understanding what they are addressing by hunting for treasure and relics?

Given our links between Longfellow and Poe then it is no surprise that the family of Longfellow is directly related to those who had a major impact on the area of Chester Nova Scotia during the time the Oak Island Treasure was being developed in truth or mythology. In turn much of this indicates that if there is a treasure it is not on the Island but stashed in the Gold River that empties into Mahone Bay near Oak Island. Later there would be a gold rush in this part of Nova Scotia. Is this the real source of the name of the river?

What see unfolding in terms of the Oak Island treasure may hinge on knowledge of this gold deposit by specific individuals? It is possible that they were trying to conceal the presence of free natural gold in the region by concocting a story about Treasure on Oak Island. This may infer that gold was being recovered in a clandestine manner thus leading to the treasure legend as a kind of cover story. It is also possible as in other theories that Oak Island was a repository for this gold until it could be spent or converted into currency. All of this would have required the utmost in secrecy. Some of the this activity did happen around the time of the Revolutionary War leading to the suspicion that those that favored the American cause that lived in Nova Scotia may have been exploiting this resource both before and after the war.

After a time it was difficult to keep a secret like this and a corresponding gold rush occurred starting in about 1861. Though only an idea the presence of naturally occurring gold could explain the existence of the treasure legend. Now we also may consider the overtones of the Society of the Cincinnati who was involved in mysteries from Rennes le Chateau to Mt. Shasta California and everywhere in between. There mere mention of the fact this Society is involved goes a long way towards proving that the Oak Island Treasure may be something other than what it is being presented to us in media and lore.

The Longfellow and Prescott families of Nova Scotia have a long and proud history including close family in Halifax, coastal Maine, and Chester Nova Scotia. One prominent surgeon in Halifax Jonathan Prescott was even a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He had fought in the war but his fortunes had linked themselves to his Halifax Nova Scotia family. One of their relatives was named Samuel Prescott. Samuel actually took part in the same activity as Paul Revere in the famous midnight ride by warning the citizens of Concord that “The British are coming!” This may also explain one of Longfellow’s most famous poems “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Note also Revere being related to the de Vere family associated with many strange occurrences and even possibly the production of the works of Shakespeare.

This branch of the Longfellow family would also intermarry with the Craigie family who owned what would become Washington’s Headquarters and later Longfellow House near Boston. There is a direct family association with the Craigie’s, Longfellow’s, and Prescott’s that all include close branches of their family in the area of Oak Island and Halifax Nova Scotia. These Nova Scotia families were also known to have been sympathizers with the American cause further possibly linking them to the interests of the Society of the Cincinnati. Part of the goal of the Society may have been to subvert or waylay any of these types of legends they saw being perpetrated by the Royal Class. They may have understood the importance of these legends and symbols of architecture in relation to an age-old tradition that could be manipulated.

This may be in part why we see people like Franklin Delano Roosevelt interested in Oak Island later in history. It is also clear that Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich had manipulated F.D.R.’s second Vice President Henry Wallace to some degree using a kind of new age version of the similar myths and legends that lead us to Rennes le Chateau and Oak Island.

Is it possible that the story of Oak Island was a psychological ploy designed to subvert or fool people like Prince Edward later? Had this treasure legend been built as a psychological operation against the British in Nova Scotia? At this time Prince Edward actually lived in Nova Scotia and created a copy of the Temple Church in London known as the Halifax Round Church. This Church and other notable Halifax architecture display the royal value of these architectural schemes. It may be that Oak Island was a kind of false mystery designed on the part of the American sympathizers of the Oak Island area. It is also possible that the opposite was true and this legend was used against the American sympathizers. Either way it is clear that many things about the standard Oak Island story don’t ring true with an examination of local history in its correct context.

This may also account for many of the falsehoods and inaccuracies of the original story that have three young men finding and excavating the pit. It is clear that people were actually living on Oak Island at that time and some of them may have had American sympathies and knowledge of real gold in the rivers and streams of Nova Scotia. Even the family of Daniel McGuiness’ history may indicate he was a part of the “Carolina Corps” of Montagu from the American Revolution. It is possible that McGinnis had been an American soldier that had been captured by the English and asked to fight against Spain and France only and not his American countrymen. After the war it appears McGinnis came to Nova Scotia with Montagu who passed away and is interred in St. Peter’s Halifax.

All of this subversion may have later been supplemented by the inclusion of any number of wild theories concerning Oak Island. It is even possible that people had falsely planted fake artifacts that suggested Romans or other earlier people had come there. The mythology of the island has also seemingly taken on a lot of the overtones of the activities and philosophies of Sir Francis Bacon. Our group of Longfellow’s and Prescott’s were likely as well versed as their Loyalist English cohorts in the subtleties of how Bacon’s ideas could be applied to these concepts. Bacon was a spymaster and these people were involved in a kind of intelligence war that included the Masonic and Rosicrucian ideals held on both sides of this silent war.

Is it possible that this is another one of our family groups of settlers that seemed to work together over long periods of time based on family ties? We have noted the Hill’s, Lewis’, Washington’s, Lee’s, Bidwell’s, Spencer’s, Jefferson’s, and many others seemingly adhering to a tradition that included both contrived mysteries or treasure sagas combined with architecture designed to “clewe” one in to the true meanings of all of the intrigue. Along the way many uninitiated people are led to believe that a treasure or cache of relics is included. This may be a mechanism by which novices who are not part of the group are thrown off the scent of what is really going on in such instances.

It appears that the family group of Longfellow may be involved in the Oak Island saga. In addition their involvement provides a firm link to the “Norumbega” political movement and other mysteries that were intentionally contrived for purposes that may not include treasure but may hold meaning to specific families and their business ventures. Along the way these stories exposed the public to Masonic concepts that were being interpreted in an American and Canadian way for the first time. Stay tuned for more.

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