There’s more to a historic wall than first meets the eye. Each is a library of earthen books with geological stories to tell. Each is a work of art full of color and pattern. Each is an archaeological artifact too big for the local museum. There’s shape and pattern, both artistically and mathematically. There’s habitat and food for plants, critters and microbes. And there’s the fun of exploring them in space and time.
The first step toward conservation of New England’s historic stone walls is for residents, voters and landowners to appreciate them. Most do already, and they can learn to appreciate them even more. Those who don’t should think twice before cutting one apart for a driveway, or selling one for the stone alone.
You enhance your appreciation, you could start by: