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Written In Stone - Dry Stone Conservancy - Rock Fences - Lexington KY - Bluegrass

Written In Stone - Dry Stone Conservancy - Rock Fences - Lexington KY - Bluegrass

Written in Stone?

The rock fences of the Bluegrass are in danger of disappearing. Over time, we have lost hundreds of miles of historic rock fences because of unchecked growth, road widening, neglect, theft and simple apathy.

At one time in the past, the Bluegrass region mirrored the beauty of the English countryside.

Rock fences lined the roads on both sides and interior farm fields were bordered by rock fence. Just imagine!
Scott County stone fence
Even today in Great Britain, dry-laid rock fences are valued for their contribution to the
image people have of the English countryside.

 Government programs assist farmers with
the funds and volunteers to conserve their rock fences, promoting them as valued tourism resources.

Unfortunately, this is not the case here in the Bluegrass. We tend to take our rock fences for granted, seeing them as something thatʼs always been there, and always will be. But, unless we change our values, there will be none left. We really do stand to lose all our rock fences.

Every day, sections of rock fence are taken down to make entrances for new subdivisions, the rock being tossed aside or sold to the highest bidder. All you have to do is drive down any Bluegrass road to see it happening.

It is only through the foresight of some individual developers and property owners that some fences are repaired or replaced.
Rock Fence
Little by little, stone by stone, the rock fences of the Bluegrass are disappearing.

We believe that conservation and progress are connected, and not mutually exclusive.

We also believe that one way to protect our heritage, so grounded in our beautiful landscape, is by protecting our historic dry stone structures

This is why itʼs vitally important that Realtors and landowners work together to conserve
rock fences, not destroy them. Realtors are beginning to learn that a rock fence adds value
to a property. Recently, we learned of a property owner who was approached by a Realtor who offered to pay them $10,000 for their rock fence.

Shocking as it may seem to some, this is a common practice across the Bluegrass. We need your help to fight this destructive behavior.

If you would like more information on how to help, contact the Dry Stone Conservancy. Based in Lexington KY, the Conservancy is a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve drystone structures, and to revive the ancient craft of dry-laid stone masonry.

Please visit our website at to find out more.

- Blog entry courtesy of the Dry Stone Conservancy

Chris Harp, Executive Director
Dry Stone Conservancy

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Comment balloon 2 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 16 2010 02:36PM



What a shame it is that these historic beauties are disappearing.  They are a part of the gorgeous Kentucky landscape I grew to love so well in my brief six months living there.  Hopefully it is not too late to stop them from disappearing and restoring them to all their glory!

Posted by Christie Lane Craven, Your Anne Arundel County Agent (Blackwell Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Lizette, That's really too bad. I have always admired rock fences and did not realize that they were such a part of the heritage of your countryside! I can see how growth would affect some of the area but it is a good thing that there are at least some programs in place to help restore at least some of the rock fences. Nice work with your photos illustrating this post too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

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