It’s that time of year when spring feels inevitable not dreamlike as it did before. But as we wait still just a bit longer for the earth to thaw and the pace to quicken, the remnants of winter still make the fireside armchair reading inviting.
Here’s a little bit of what’s been on our reading list here at the Stone Trust.
Sermons in Stone
What do we actually know about stone walls? About the people who built them, and why? Stone walls are not simply monuments to the skill of Yankee farmers. The historical record makes clear that many were built by slaves, Native Americans, indentured servants, and children. Sermons in Stone is the surprising and illuminating history of the walls, a story that begins in the Ice Age and that has been shaped by the fencing dilemmas of the nineteenth century, by conflicts between Native Americans and colonists over land use, by American waves of immigration and suburbanization.
This book brought the history of New England stone walls into many peoples consciousness and is often cited in other books that touch on the subject.
Written by Susan Allport
Stone Wall Secrets
A wonderful children’s story about the origins and history of New England stone walls. Wonderfully written to inspire a new generation to admire walls and even build them. Beautiful illustrations on every page make this book a joy to read with the young ones in your life.
Currently out of print and hard to find!
Written by Kristine and Robert Thorson. Illustrated by Gustav Moore.