Finding out the history of the land in who used to live there could be a lot of fun. An old plat of survey could give you a clue about what went on in the past. The town 20 miles away may have a library or a small museum. I live in a small town and they kind of combined the two. Old Timers in diners can be a great resource. For example I live near Chicago. Native Americans suffered a lot of hardship during the Long Walk. Before that it was French territory. Sightings of fur traders and soldiers are not uncommon. There is even a story about a circus train that derailed and caught fire. People who have never heard about this claim to have seen ghosts of elephants and exotic animals. And welcome to the Forum.