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MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Dr. John Delano to talk about the old stone walls of New York and New England. The talk will take place on Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The approximately 250,000 miles of stone walls in this region are an enduring testimony to the work ethic of 17th — 19th century subsistence farmers. As land in the Midwest became available for settlement in the mid-19th century, many of those farmers migrated to work the flat, fertile, stone-free lands. The abandoned homesteads were soon reclaimed by the forests.

Stone walls, stone foundations, and family cemeteries are often distinctive features in the New England woods. Those long-forgotten features and the families who built them will be discussed using old survey reports, maps, LiDAR images, and John Delano’s personal accounts.

Registration for the talk is $15 per person in advance.

For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit


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