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 - The cut black granite for the windows and doors and keystone arches at the stable came from China.
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 The millstones are installed in important places by Carmine Luppino, who has done the majority of the stonework in Bedford. With each big job - the winter house terrace, the summer house garden, and the stable cobblestone courtyard - he gifts me a fantastic millstone!
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. Alfredo of Bedford built the perimeter walls around the property and they are sturdy and strong just like his crew.
10 The entrance gate with matching stone pillars capped with antique garden ornaments - The capstone finials were found at a tag sale in Maine. They are cast stone and very likely graced the walls of one of Bar Harbor’s mansions that burned in the fire of 1947.
11 The winter house had great stone foundations and we re-used all the cut granite stones for the new foundation and the walls for the gardens.
12 The same masonry is reflected along the terrace garden. The capstones are extra thick domestic bluestone with fire flamed edges. Carmine did not want to use stones with paint on them, but I persuaded him that they looked rustic and wonderful. He now agrees.
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.