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Stone Walls



New Hampshire farmers have been building stone walls since the 18th century, if not earlier. Originally, the stone walls helped to mark boundaries and rights of way. They also served to separate different parts of farms, at times keeping livestock out of areas where they were not wanted. Finally, stone walls served as a place to deposit the many rocks found in New Hampshire fields. Throughout the 19th century, the stone walls varied in size and quality. Some were quite formidable. Today they are an attractive landscape feature and a reminder of New Hampshire's agricultural roots.

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