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No Rolling Stones: a Landscape Perspective of the Dry Stack Stone Walls of Monroe County

25apr6:00 pm7:30 pmNo Rolling Stones: a Landscape Perspective of the Dry Stack Stone Walls of Monroe County

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If you navigate the hills and valleys of the western half of Monroe County, you will pass many stands of dry stack stone walls. Scattered throughout the county marking the boundaries of many cemeteries, these walls have distinctive character and composition. Some walls tower several feet high; others languish out of sight, demolished in the name of progress or through neglect and use of modern technology. The most prominent walls adorn the sides of North Maple Grove Road historic district. Many more line the edges of Church Lane, frame the Stipp-Bender National Register listed farm, and seem to pop up in isolated pockets along the streets in and around Ellettsville. Remains of walls abut roadsides, appear on old Matlock, Headly and popup on property lines adjacent to Bayles. Wall stones have been repurposed near where walls once marked a property line or other notable location. As a part of our understanding of the agricultural and historic heritage of our county, rediscovering the origin story of these walls offers selective insight into a unique social networking of many early settlers and twists into an essential study of the geology of limestone.  We will look at the stories of what is known and examine what remains to be rediscovered. Along the way we will examine the anatomy of a dry stack stone wall.



April 25, 2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT-04:00)


Monroe County History Center

202 E 6th Street

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