The inscription on some of those post cards indicates the
pictured cabin is in "Front of Little Haycock Mountain". Little
Haycock refers to the smaller mound, attached to the north side
of the bigger part of Haycock Mountain as one would see it if
facing East. It would have had to be located in the general
vicinity of Stony Garden between Reed Lane and Potter Lane. Had
it been situated any farther north on Stony Garden road, the
cabin would have been on the "Back" of Little Haycock Mountain.
We know many Irish immigrants found work building the
Delaware canal. Some have reasoned that Danneltown sprung up as
a migrant worker's village because of its proximity to St. John
the Baptist Mission Catholic Church, (founded by the McCarty
family) and the canal. When the canal was completed, they likely
moved on, leaving the cabins to fall to ruin.
According to collected and archived written accounts:
"Danneltown was settled by Hiram & Jesse O'Dannel, immigrants
from Ireland around the 1840's, who obtained title by squatters'
rights. Other settlers drifted in and each built one-room log
cabins on the rocky, non-fertile land. One cabin is said to have
housed a man, his wife and their 24 children. About 1880, the
remaining settlers moved on to a new location in Delaware. The
last cabin crumbled in ruins around 1940."