Stop 9-The Old Stone Wall

After the hawthorn grove, you will see an old stone wall. There are hundreds of thousands of miles of old stone walls all over New England. The rocks forming these walls were dragged, mostly by hand, out of the fields as they were plowed and cultivated They were then stacked along the edges to form boundaries between fields and properties. During the height of New England’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, a mosaic of fields surrounded by these stone walls would have covered a large part of the landscape.

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