Stories most often spoken in our own voice and and in our own words are the ones that touch us and help us to learn the most about those we meet. This short list of some of our favorite waller/authors do this in their own words relating thoughts of why dry stone walling has been practiced in both in ancient times through our modern age. We hope you might enjoy them as much as we do!
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
Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller
At the age of twenty-six, Whitney Brown met a dry-stone waller. Within weeks she was out on the hill with him in Wales, learning the language of dry-stone walling. Far away from the pressures of her old life, she found deep satisfaction in working with her hands, in the age and heft of the stones, and the ring of the hammer.
Out under the open sky, Whitney relished every sore muscle and smashed finger, opportunity to stand atop a wall she’d just built and feel like the strongest woman alive.
Stone by Stone
There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America’s Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. They took three billion man-hours to build. And even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story about the geothermal forces that formed their stones, the tectonic movements that brought them to the surface, the glacial tide that broke them apart, the earth that held them for so long, and about the humans who built them. Written by Robert M. Thorson