Proposed features/Stone Wall
|Definition:||Linear mounded stones and boulders used for agricultural boundary and fencing in colonial New England|
|Rendered as:||rocky-looking line|
Thousands of miles of stone walls line the countryside of New England. Much research and writing has been done about them. For a web-page primer, see Sagas in Stone: Stonewalls and the Palimpsest of the New England Landscape, or for the old-fashioned set, the book Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York. A small but dedicated cadre of researchers and outdoors enthusiasts has focused on exploring the history and geography of these walls.
The walls chart out the history of the land - often the stone wall follows its stoic course across the landscape without regard for the lay of modern roads, fences, and property lines. Sometimes they are deeply hidden in long-abandoned, forested land that once supported a family farm.
The walls have also become targets of theft by those seeking to sell the stones to adorn someone else's landscape, so documenting their locations could be a critical step to help insure their preservation.