Stone walls have always held a fascination for me, and when I arrived in New England I couldn't help notice the “jumble of rocks” everywhere. I came to learn far from being a jumble there was history behind the piles of rock in my yard. This article was written a number of years ago and gathered dust on my blog and I hope you have as much enjoyment reading it as I did researching the history, and writing about, New England stone walls
The next time you’re traveling through rural New England, especially in Southern New England, be on the lookout for stone walls. And I’m not talking about the ornate and perfectly aligned walls put together by a professional stone mason. No, I’m talking about functional old traditional stone walls put down over 150-years ago by farmers by just laying one stone on top of another. Most of these walls have an “abandoned” look today, with gaps in the wall or only a few of the base stones left.These older stone walls may not be as pretty as the new cement based walls, but they are as New England as white steeple churches, clam chowder, and our fiery fall colors. And there is a movement afoot to preserve these traditional stone walls as an important link to the heritage of the region.