Proposed features/Stone Wall

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Stone Wall
Status: Obsoleted (inactive)
Proposed by: mvpel
Tagging: man_made=stone_wall
Applies to: linear
Definition: Linear mounded stones and boulders used for agricultural boundary and fencing in colonial New England
Rendered as: rocky-looking line
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Proposed on: *
RFC start: *
Vote start: *
Vote end: *

This has been moved to obsoleted proposals by the approval of barrier=wall. Combine with a historic=ruins or other suitable.

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.

FWIW, the current barrier proposals (Proposed_features/barriers) would probably cover this. Circeus 06:30, 5 October 2008 (UTC)