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A Unique Stone Wall Design In A Rural Setting

Every once in awhile, we run across a unique architectural feature that deserves to be investigated. Whether an architectural feature on a home or one in the landscape such as a trellis, entry gate or wall, we just want to know more about it.

So, not too long ago when we were on one of our adventures, I saw this really interesting historic stone wall on a property that looks like it may have been a working farm at one time. I was so intrigued by this stone wall that I just had to find out more about it. I did a little research on the house and property to hopefully come up with dates on when the house was built and to see if that would lead to learning more about the wall.

I did not find too much out about the house other than it is a Victorian probably built in the late 1800’s. When the wall was built is still a mystery but my guess is that it was built soon after the house since the property looks as if it was a working farm. I think because of the simplicity of the design, and the mass of the stone walls and columns that it may have been used to contain horses or livestock.

I did a little research looking online for historical stone walls here in the U.S. Since this area has a history of immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland, I look for historical walls in those countries as well. I have yet to find a similar wall.

The wall looks as if it may be around 5’ tall with a 6’ tall stone column at the end. The most interesting and unique part of the wall are the smaller piers that project out of the top of the wall with the wood timber rails running between them.



Here is a closer look at the wall. The end column has a recessed area for the wood timber rail to rest in. Since I could not get a close look at the smaller piers, I am guessing that there is a continuous opening through the small piers to slide wood timbers through.



Here is a close up of the end column and wall.



At this larger end column you can see this side has 3 recessed openings for the 3 rail timber fence to attach to it.



This is a closer look at the above photo.



This photo shows the three recessed openings where a wood rail fence once was. I just noticed in this photo the larger column in the background. I just may have to take a drive soon and check it out.



This area holds a special interest to our family because our 7th great uncle was the original surveyor of this area in the late 1700’s.  I can’t help but think of him and the connection our family has to this bit of American history every time I drive along this road.

I think I will continue to try to find out more about this wall and its history. Maybe I’ll see if the historical society knows anything.

If you know anything about this type or style of wall, I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below. And if I find out anything else I will be adding to this post. So, check back!

~ K


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