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Discovering New England Stone Walls

stone wall in the forest
New England Stone Wall in the Forest

An Entertaining Discussion of Our Stone Walls

Thursday, October 24, at Congregational Church, AHS Annual Meeting at 6:00, talk begins at 6:30

Kevin Gardner explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin will occupy himself building a miniature wall on a tabletop using tiny stones.

He is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. Like a lot of independent rural Yankees, he’s been a jack of many trades, a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director. For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001 Kevin published "The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls". His second book, "Stone Building: How To Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way", was published in May of 2017. He has also published poetry, songs, and essays, including “Land of Stone”, an examination of several historic sites in the Monadnock Region, in the 2006 anthology "Where The Mountain Stands Alone".

Kevin Gardner in front of stone wall
Kevin Gardner