Things that are vital are only truly noticed when they start to break down. Here are some photographs of some work presently being done on Plainfield’s Stone Wall. In addition a Front Porch Forum post by Richard Phillips is included. He explains the project in detail and gives specifics of how to support this important work. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and donors will be acknowledged publicly. You can take pride in the finished result, knowing that you had a part in preserving our historic downtown. Your donations may be sent to Melvin Chase, Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 277, Plainfield, VT 05667. Special thanks to Stephen Hallas, the master craftsman, who is pictured doing the work.
The Stone Wall is the heart of Plainfield Village. It is just the right height for sitting or piling “free” stuff. It is the de facto community couch and coffee table. The wall is is such an integral fixture it showcases what is on top or around it . Many fail to take note of its intricate construction.
It is made of flat stones rather than small boulders. They are carefully placed to create a rock jig-saw. It is distinct from the many stone fences that divvy-up farms and join/separate neighbors. It serves the purpose of furniture/landmark rather than merely wallpaper/scenery. It is a physical part of our community, not drive-by eye candy.
Richard’s Front Porch Forum Post: The stone wall surrounding the Grace Methodist Church was built over 100 years ago by Willard S. Martin of Greatwood Farms. He gathered flat weathered stone, dark and gray, from near and far. The wall enclosed a park and was a beauty spot in the village.
The Methodist Church trustees are undertaking a much needed restoration of this focal point of the historic district of Plainfield village, the wall that should be a visual and impressive reminder of our heritage. The wall is in severe disrepair. There are areas where the top surface of the wall is now just loose, jumbled stones. Many of the capstones have been broken or lost due to rough usage. This is also true of smaller stones that have been removed. In the wall’s current state of disrepair, it does not reflect the pride we have in our village. As a symbol of our heritage, a place where Easter eggs hide in the Spring, a place where children and other residents gather on warm summer evenings, and a gathering place for friendly conversation among friends and neighbors, we are inviting you to share in making the wall once again strong and proud.
To restore the wall reasonably close to the way it was, several areas will need to be torn down to the undisturbed level and rebuilt. New capstones must be purchased, although it will be difficult to match the stones. This project will be expensive, expected to be as much as $4000. We at the church will struggle to pay for it. The everyday use of the wall is primarily by community members, and the church is pleased to provide that beautiful wall for the enjoyment of all, but we need your help.
Please consider making a donation for this restoration project. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and donors will be acknowledged publicly. You can take pride in the finished result, knowing that you had a part in preserving our historic downtown. Your donations may be sent to Melvin Chase, Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 277, Plainfield, VT 05667.
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