Visitors admire the rock walls so prevalent on Vermont properties; Vermonters are proud of their rock walls. Building those walls is an art, apparently one that is growing in popularity and causing an increase in stone wall building workshops, said the Burlington Free Press. Robert Jackson of Westford has an almost 1.5 mile stone wall built in the 1850s on his property which, according to waller Charley MacMartin, is one of the finest in Vermont. Charley should know. He builds and repairs stone walls. “This is a treasure,” MacMartin said of Robert’s wall. The wall recently was the beneficiary of some of Charley’s expertise to fix some damage done decades ago when an immense elm tree fell on it. Most Vermont walls are ‘thrown,’ a technique where farmers tossed stones littering their fields into low, long piles. People collect stones; others buy them. Charley, 87, who was born in the house in which he still lives hopes the wall remains long after he dies. We hope the same.
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