I am the fifth owner of my parcel(since the original homestead filing), and four of those owners were women!(including me) That is something I really like about "my" land--that is has been owned and loved by women. A lady named Minnie (can't remember her last name right off) filed the original homestead, along with others in her family(brothers and sisters?) on the surrounding plots(hers was about 1880 and she owned it a long time). This area was settled beginning about 1850/earlier, one of the first places in Oregon to be settled. In the valley to the sw of me was the very first Post Office in Oregon. Before that(and during) the indians were here, and they would regularly burn this area to keep the underbrush out of the oaks, so it was "oak savannah"(there is a 100 acre cow pasture on our east line that preserves this savannah look). But now the firs are coming back in so it is changing back to the fir forest. Near me there are some MONSTER old growth hemlocks and firs scattered in the forest about(which is either private timber co or BLM). They start at 8 feet dbh and get huger from there. There are also giant old oaks that are 300+ years old.
On my property I think I can figure out where there was a cabin. Stuff has come up through the soil as we scraped in a motorcycle track, and logged, etc. Pieces of china, blue glass, chunks of iron from stoves and machines, giant old horseshoes, a cross cut saw blade, and I found an 1880 dime! I just happened to look down and there it was! I wish I could get a metal detector and use it here. My house was built in 1978, we bought it in 2001.
There are also herbs Minnie would have brought in--lemon balm, feverfew, burdock, arnica and lily of the valley. There is a patch of these in a certain place, with the lily of the valley, near where we find all the broken dishes and metal stuff. I like to think that her cabin door step was near this spot, it would certainly have been a good spot for a cabin. The herbs have spread around. My place was never used agriculturally(except as pigs were let loose in the woods), but rather it was logged a few times, and then it was left alone. The last 4 owners(beg in 1970) used it as a vacation cabin, and the woods had grown up(no land clearing on this place or the surrounding ones, except the cow pasture adjacent)--so there are all the variety of forest plants too, with a lot of old growth species.
I'll take a pic of the dish frags and add it in here.