Lilacs in the Woods? Clues to a Vanished Homestead

This lilac bush turned a family hike through the woods into a find-the-clues game of discovery. Lilacs are not native to Montana. If you find one growing in the wild you can be sure it was put there, on purpose. Perhaps by a long-ago homesteader who planted it outside a home that’s since vanished? What stories lie behind it? Not far away we found a few paving stones. And then the remainders of a foundation wall. And then apple trees. … Read More