Thursday, August 28, 2014

GOOD FENCES

The light bulb went off thanks to one of my nieces.  I remembered her taking a group photo of our family using her panoramic feature on her iPhone last October.  I have no idea why I decided to use it for the first time when we were on one of our local walks recently.  I spotted the pano feature again and actually wondered what it was. After several unsuccessful tries I managed one good shot of these old colonial split rail fences, so I knew I was going to share it on Good Fences today.


This is called a split-rail fence.  We have them all over our area.  I first started noticing them at the Manassas Civil War Battlefield years ago, but mine today were found near the visitor center, which is up the road from Walney Pond.  According to Wikipedia:

"A split-rail fence or log fence (also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence or snake fence, historically due to its meandering layout) is a type of fence constructed out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing.  

Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are generally only common in areas where wood is abundant.  However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools, even on hard or rocky ground.  They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware.  

Such hardware was often scarce in frontier areas.  They are particularly popular in very rocky areas where post hold digging is almost impossible.  They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes.  

During the American Civil War these split rail fences were a major source of firewood for both the Union and Confederate armies."  

If you are curious and want to know more you can click on the link above.

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