Last weekend, my husband and I visited Upstate New York, passing through cobblestone country where many, many old homes are faced with cobblestone. (Cobblestones are loosely described as a rounded stone small enough to hold in one hand.)
I've been interested in cobblestones ever since I discoverd a farmhouse faced with it in EG, which you can see here.
Traveling back roads and smaller highways, we passed through Childs, which boasts of the Cobblestone Society Museum, a former Universalist Church built in 1834 of...you guessed it...cobblestone. Our car's tires screeeee-eeeeched to a stop. ;-) Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! LOL
In my words, this is some of what the plaques said: As early settlers moved westward along the southwestern edge of Lake Ontario and into Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and Ontario, they built approximately 1,000 to 1,200 cobblestone buildings.
But would you believe 90 per cent of those remaining today are found within a 75-mile radius of Rochester, New York?
Local masons who’d worked on the Erie Canal -- built between 1817 and 1825 to connect Buffalo (on Lake Erie) with New York City (on the Atlantic Ocean) -- constructed these homes, which soon became status symbols.
Where did all those cobblestones come from? Well, approximately 12,000 years ago, the last glacier retreated, leaving behind an immense supply of rounded stones in Canada and the Northern United States – boulders, cobblestones and pebbles.
This house, The Ward House, is situated on the plot adjacent to the museum. It was built in 1840.
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