New England is known for many things – beautiful fall foliage, some of the best seafood in the country, and it’s picturesque stone walls. Originally used to mark property lines and divide up farm land, stone walls were a great way to use up the endless supply of rocks that make up our terrain. Nowadays, these stone walls are actually endangered; there are companies who will buy the stones to use in landscaping for driveways and other projects. Occasionally these walls are reassembled at a new site, but all too often it is simply another piece of our history that is lost.
Here on the Little Farm, we are blessed with several of these beautiful stone walls, however some are in very inconvenient locations for our homestead visions. Being the stone wall enthusiasts that we are, we will be carefully relocating the stones around our property, preserving these walls for enjoyment and use.
One small stone wall in particular happened to be right in the center of the yard, a spot we are clearing out with visions of grass and a swing set in mind. It was the perfect quantity of rocks to get a stone wall started to separate my (future!) herb garden from the lawn. My husband loaded up the stones into the tractor, and dumped them at the new location. It took us around an hour to get them lined up and stacked neatly. When building a stone wall, you want to make sure that the stones you use for the base are stable when placed; stones that wobble or sit loosely could end up toppling the entire wall over.
While our little wall needs more stones to complete it, it’s off to a great start and it’s nice to be able to preserve this important part of history. I am excited to continue removing the brush and weeds to uncover some of the other stone walls on our property, enabling us to enjoy them as part of our view. Until then, we will keep building this little wall up just like they did way back when – one stone at a time!