Talk on Old Stone Walls of New York and New England | Community News

MANCHESTER – The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Dr. John Delano, to talk about the old stone walls of New York and New England. The lecture will take place on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The 400,000 kilometer long stone walls in this region are a permanent testament to the work ethic of subsistence farmers from the 17th to 19th centuries. When land in the Midwest became available for settlement in the mid-19th century, many of these farmers emigrated to work the flat, fertile and stone-free land. The abandoned homesteads were soon recaptured from the woods.

Stone walls, stone foundations, and family cemeteries are often distinctive features of New England forests. These long-forgotten features and the families who created them are discussed using old survey reports, maps, LiDAR images, and John Delano’s personal reports.

Registration for the lecture costs 15 USD per person in advance.

For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

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