1 This area of the farm is called the stone yard, where extra inventory of the many types of stones used at the farm are kept - slate shingles, marble flooring, granite posts, etc.
2 Much stonework went into the construction of my stable.
3 The stable itself and its two outer buildings were built from granite quarried in Vermont.
4 A detail of one of the four arched doorways with the all-important keystone at top center
5 The roof of the stable is shingled with slate, also quarried in Vermont.
6 The courtyard is paved with old cobblestones that once lined the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey. They were originally used as ballast on old wooden cargo ships.
7 The cobblestones are neatly laid with plenty of stone dust in between.
8 I had collected a few antique granite millstones and chose to center this one in the courtyard.
9 When I bought my property, I hired a crew to enclose it behind this very long stone wall. It's very well-made from field stones and I love its rustic look.
10 The entrance gate with matching stone pillars capped with antique garden ornaments
11 This is the block foundation of my main house.
12 The same masonry is reflected along the terrace garden.
13 And on the chimney
14 And around the parking area
15 And on this tiered wall leading away from the main house
16 One of two matching columns outside my front door
17 Inside, my kitchen floor is gray marble, which was cut from stone taken from a house I once owned on Long Island.
18 The walls of my stone terrace
19 Another antique millstone is a focal point of the terrace.
20 The massive bluestone steps leading up to the terrace
21 And its massive wall
22 Across from the terrace is a giant mounting block that my stone mason found for me.
23 One of many stone paths planted with creeping thyme and succulents
24 Several years ago, I acquired many antique granite posts from China and I have used them throughout the farm design. Here they support Gravenstein apple trees.
25 And here they support four long rows of apple espalier.
26 Granite posts are the uprights on my long, winding pergola.
27 A 'broken glass' bluestone path in the fashion of the Skylands terrace
28 Down near the greenhouse, granite posts support my berry bushes.
29 More raspberries
30 The headhouse of the greenhouse also has impressive stonework.
31 Granite uprights are part of the shade pergola.
32 There is an extensive underground drainage system and all of the openings are covered with rectangles of bluestone, like this one.
33 Belgium block line the garden beds along the driveway.
34 The garden adjacent to the parking area has an added Belgium block design.
35 Another stone path
36 A stonework surround for an airconditioning unit
37 Another mounting block near the stable - This one, I brought from my home on Turkey Hill.
38 The fieldstone foundation of the equipment barn
39 There is even stonework at the chicken coops!
40 Like the stable, the roof of each little house is shingled with slate.
41 And granite posts support the shade pergola at the tennis court.
42 Let's not forget about some of the original stonework around the farm.
43 Old stone walls meander throughout.
44 Stone walls were built as farmers cleared fields for farming. Stones were unearthed and used to border the field.
45 The period from 1775 - 1825 was known as the golden age of stone wall building. Stone walls were used as fencing, property lines, and animal pounds.