Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Fence to Lean On

I'm guessing when most people envision Kentucky's Horse Country they see rolling acres of green surrounded by white fences.  What you don't realize until you spend some time here is that in addition to those wooden fence (which, now, all to often are black) is that Central Kentucky is covered by rock fences.

These rock fences, made of slabs of limestone, were originally crafted by Irish and Scottish masons.  The fences, also called dry stone fences, were laid with no mortar, and yet many have lasted for generations.

The past couple of decades there has been a movement here to restores some of the crumbling fences, including bringing Irish and Scottish masons to Kentucky to teach a new generation of artisans how to build and maintain the fences.

I love driving past these fences on my way to work - they remind me of a time when things were built to last.

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Maegan Beishline said...

They are beautiful! What great history!

Joanne said...

I love that you notice the beautiful things and share them. Its almost like being there

cindy said...

i love the rock fences. they remind me of artist andy goldsworthy who is a favorite of mine.

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