Stone walls - a New England tradition

Drive down almost any New England country road and, more often than not, you will see a stone wall bordering the road. Many of these walls are a century or more old, and some date back to early colonial days. The rocky nature of New England soil yielded a bounty of weathered stones that enterprising farmers made use of to mark property borders and keep cattle and farm animals from wandering. Today, stone walls are used to beautify and fortify a landscape, and are a symbol of lasting strength.

Stone walls have a place in both formal and informal landscape settings. Built of granite, fieldstone, blasted ledge, or other natural stone materials, they can be functional (as in the case of a retaining wall) or purely decorative.

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