There are no Roman emperors in Kentucky, even if we must endure politicians who act like ancient despots (or just idiots). We can, however, claim miles of beautiful drylaid stone fences and walls. Scots-Irish stone masons immigrating to the Americas brought their craft for drylaid masonry to Kentucky, constructing fences from quarried limestone, and shaping the cultural landscape in a way that is celebrated now some 200 years later. The Bluegrass has the most quarried stone fences in the country; as you move out from the Inner Bluegrass, fences made from field rock are just as common as quarried stone.
|Fence along a roadway in Franklin County, Kentucky|
|Hadrian’s Wall, between Housesteads and Once-Brewed (or between my sweaty exertions and a pint)|
|Detail shot of Hadrian’s Wall|
|Drylaid stone walls line a road in Central Kentucky|
|Hmmmm…I wonder where they got that building material?|