This stately remnant is on a lot all to itself, with only a gnarly oak and cactus to keep it company. The owners built their home on the next lot, leaving this wall plenty of room to breath. I am sure that the Live Oak behind it was a little sapling when the wall was constructed. I like to think that the lovely English lady who owns this property chose it because it reminds her of the dry stacks that meander through the countryside in her native England. Northern Hays County, Texas.
This is an information site for documenting dry stack rock walls in the Central Texas region. The stacking of rock that can withstand time and the elements, takes a special talent and a way of seeing the rocks. We are curious, and we hope you are too, about this old skill and why it should be appreciated.
We will seek out and document old walls, remnants of old walls and
feature new construction of dry stack and their builders. The old rock walls have a story to tell and have some beautiful form and shape to them. As local landscapers use more and more stone in their designs and landscaping, there seems to be a resurgence in this old skill. Sadly, as cities expand and reach out into the countryside for development, these old walls may be torn down.
The charm and beauty of dry stack should not be a thing of the past, but a skill to be passed on.
In the future we will be featuring photos, casual interviews with these rock workers, where they learned their craft, and why they are interested in keeping it alive.
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