Separating Spaces

Mending Wall

Good Fences make Good Neighbors

Growing up on the farm — I was acquainted with several different types of fences.

Keeping the “line fence” in good repair was important. This was the marking of your property “line”. Often owners of adjacent properties shared the responsibility — one farmer took care of one stretch — the other the remainder.

Pasture fence and hog fence functioned to keep the animals where they belonged. Yard fences did the same — think barn yard and chicken yard instead of house.

And some fences were temporary — confining animals for a season or a year.

And while the farmers in our area used a variety of materials — wood posts, steel posts, barbed wire, woven wire, chicken wire, snow fencing (slats & wire) — they didn’t follow this historical model below.

Look, Pa! No posts!

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