learn about the stone walls that abound in New Hampshire
Robert Frost wrote in his poem, The Mending Wall, that Good fences make good neighbors. But when I look out my back window at the hill behind our house, I see two rows of stone walls separated by about 300 feet. I often wondered why the wall s are there. The hill is rather steep and it winds up at the top almost in the Sutton cemetery. At one time most of the land around Sutton was farm land, but it’s hard to imagine any crops growing on that hill. Perhaps the walls were built to contain sheep or cows. Charlie Whittemore who grew up in Sutton told me once that there were cows grazing up on the top of the hill overlooking the Follansbee Inn. He told me that the cows came down the hill and then went through a tunnel under the road to get water from the lake. I’ve always had a hard time believing that story, but maybe they did. Anyway, it will be interesting to hear Kevin Gardner’s presentation on how and why these New Hampshire stone walls were built.
DISCOVERING NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS
Wednesday, August 28
Muster Field Farm Museum
Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls will give a presentation on how our thousands of miles of beautiful stone walls were built. Bring your stone project issues and questions for him. Cosponsored by the Kezar Lake Protective Association and Muster Field Farm Museum. Info: www.kezarlakenh.org