Light and shadow on wall built entirely of columns of  traprock (basalt lava flows) in Holyoke, MA. The columnar stones are laid across the wall like cordwood.

The Stone Wall Initiative (SWI) is a primary resource for anyone interested in the historic stone walls of New England.   The SWI  coordinated by professor Robert M. Thorson, an advocate for their conservation, the author of three books on the subject, and a frequent public speaker for land trusts, historical societies, public libraries, and “friends of…” organizations.  Though administrated through the the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the SWI is emphatically regional in scope.  It is  supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut as a form of scholarly engagement through its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences .

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Acknowledgements:  The content of this web site represents the collective work of many offices and individuals, especially Jamison Judd of UCONN’s, NEAG School of Education, and Musa Jatkowski at the University Information Technology Service.

There’s an increasing use of fake-rock in New England, which is the opposite of what the SWI is all about.