Thursday, July 31, 2014

Foot Flats Farm




Our next stop was to see a newer wall on Amherst Island at Foot Flats Farm, the home of Mark Ritchie and Cherry Allen. 

As you can see Mark used much more glacial fieldstone in his farm wall. The main part of the wall is made predominately of granite which he found locally and used the limestone mostly for the vertical coping. 

Mark and I talked about the fact that the majority of historic walls on the island were almost entirely limestone. Presumably the Irish settlers who built the older walls would have avoided the rounded granite as they were used to building walls entirely of limestone, preferring to build them like the ones back in Ireland .   


Amherst Island sheep farmer Mark Ritchie and Andrea Cross our host. 

2 comments:

  1. John,
    it the builders were not using so much of the rounded glacier granite, I have you seen it scattered in piles in the countryside? Must not the plowmen remove it from the fields as they till?
    BW

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