Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Great Grandfather Rinaldi’s Stone Work 2

At his house in Woodbury CT:

1934 – his house is encircled on the right. His work interrupts a zigzag stone row on one side of an Indian Trail. Both sides of the Trail are bounded by zigzag stone rows and I would guess burned very often to keep them clear, the stone rows directing the burn, protecting other places. The path leads to Lake Quassapaug.

The famous Whittemore Stone Walls that Giovanni Rinaldi and his brother Raphael built, probably using stone from the ancient Indian stone rows and stone mounds.

An ironic statement: “Bulky stone walls, their tops jagged rows of oversized fieldstones, line the roads and crisscross the fields. The estate was designed for pleasure, with viewpoints and carefully sited specimen trees. It was also designed for usefulness, with fields for crops or grazing, and woods for managed timbering, accessed by roads that could serve both recreational riders and lumberjacks' wagons. Other tracts were designated as forest preserves. Eliot and the Olmsted firm were instrumental in introducing German advances in scientific landscape and forest management to the United States… The landscape and buildings were considered as a single design unit, with human-made features designed to harmonize with the existing landscape. Buildings are carefully sited. Roads follow the contours of the land and are lined with walls or trees or slightly sunk so as not to be visible from important vantage points. Telephone and electric lines are buried. The result is a harmonious, peaceful setting of extraordinary beauty.”

I see it as “straightened out zigzags.” The present road is the old Indian trail. Those stones weren’t moved very far, human nature being what it is…

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