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Events and Items of Interest, May 20

A Stone Trust friend writes:

I’m enclosing an image of a Granite wall constructed in 1830s along the coast near Dublin. It forms a boundary between the sea and the coastal railway.
You’ll notice that the wall comprises carefully dressed face stones and capping/coping. But randomly, throughout the length to the wall, rough stones are allowed to protrude from the wall at every conceivable height and density. Some are laid in the topmost course right underneath the cappings, which seems to rule out their being some form of “through” stones. There is no pattern to it. (The rear of the wall is mostly integrated into a stone faced embankment.)

Any idea why this is so?

Please send your thoughts, so we can share them with him!

Feel free to visit the Stone Wall Park:

People are welcome to come visit The Stone Trust Center. You can park at the Scott Farm Orchard complex of buildings. Parking is next to the road wall facing in.
The workshop space under the 1862 Barn is open. You get to the Wall Park across a bridge below the dam. You may like to walk on the Scott Farm trail beyond. Simon Renault, Scott Farm’s General Manager, says people are welcome visit. Please observe Vermont’s guidelines on outdoor recreation:
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and other people you encounter who are not part of your family group
  • Bring a mask to wear when others are in the Park. The CDC provides guidelines on use and directions for how to make a mask from items you may have around the house:
  • When in doubt, STAY HOME. Do not come to The Stone Trust Center if you are showing symptoms, someone you’ve been in contact with is sick, if you have health conditions, are an older adult or a member of another high risk population.
  • With regard to the quarantine, people coming into the state for more than a day are expected to self-isolate for fourteen days.
Stay well and enjoy your outing!

For people interested in historic preservation:

The Preservation Trust of Vermont announced grant awards from the The 1772 Foundation to eleven Vermont projects. We thought you’d like to know about The 1772 Foundation. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the foundation provides matching grants for projects in New England, as well as a funding for historic redevelopment projects nationwide. You can see a map of 1772 Foundation preservation grant awards here.