Funny Fence

Doesn’t seem to matter what I post about, there’s always a reader who knows way more about it than I do.  Someone will know the background on this fence and if you do, please step up and tell us about it, ok?

While out searching for some farmland, we came across a whole lot of land (not for sale) with the neatest/strangest fence!  It goes on for miles!  Each of the fence posts has designs or words on it.  Here’s the entry to the area . . but it all has “No Trespassing” signs so I didn’t want to explore too much.

This is what you see when you turn down one of the little side roads.  Makes me think it’s some kind of religious retreat area.  There was a Mennonite church down the road a ways so I guess it could all be part of their property.

There are hundreds of these decorated posts.

Interesting, huh?


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    religious folks?? or just nuts that like decorated fences? We had a family in Iowa that did fences all a round thier property with any thing they found catchy. No burma shave?? interesting anyway !!!

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    Evelyn says

    I love stone walls, though old-time farmers must have cursed the rocky soil that neccessitated the creation of the walls. No wonder the easterns went slap happy in the mid-west prior to the dust bowl and hard lessons learned. New England is full of such walls, interestingly enough – some of them are being stolen, piece by piece for landscaping projects! I don’t know anything about the fence you are showing – just adding my 2 cents about stone fence trivia! Cheers! Evelyn

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    I’m clueless about it but will pop back periodically to see if anyone else can tell you about this kind of fence. It certainly is different.

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    Another Linda says

    The stacked stones part of the fence look like the ones I saw in PA when I visited up there. Stone fences are sure pretty!

    I think the fence you photographed is pretty interesting.

    Good luck with your property hunting.

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    Becky says

    Judy, When we lived in Kentucky there were miles of fence like this between where we lived and Nashville TN. I was always told that they dated back to the civil war. The stones were hand stacked by slaves as boundry lines for very large plantations. They don’t contain mortor of any kind. Each stone was hand hewn to lay on top of the previous one with a perfect fit. Can you imagine the man hours that took? I don’t know how true that is but it’s my bend on the story. I hope you find out soon so your curiosity is cured.

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    Very cool fence, Judy. I’ve read about people who specialize in documenting fences. There are even beautiful photography books in which the subject matter is fencing. It would be a fun subject to research….like I need something else to divide my non-existent time for. 🙂

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    We have fences decorated similarly in West Virginia. I always thought it was just a West Virginia Hillbilly way of landscaping their yard or property! Next time I’m out and about I’ll take a few pictures of the “wordy” fences around here and send you a copy. People around here decorate their privacy fences, rail fences, stone fences, any fence that the owner wants to get out a message, it’s decorated. I always said, “Only in WV will you see something like that”, I guess I was wrong.

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    Julianne says

    Would this fence be about 10 or 12 miles east of ElDorado Springs? South of 54 Hwy? Maybe near a small community called Black Jack.

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    Carol in SW IN says

    In what state, county and township would this have been in. You can some times look back in family history websites for those areas to find out. I know for Indiana some of the websites have old maps on them that would give you a clue.
    If you want to email me the information off of the blog, I would be glad to try to look it up for you.

    Hugs and Good Luck
    Carol in SW IN