Dan Snow, one of the nation’s premier dry stone wall builders, is a master craftsman who also happens to be a Vermonter and a Dummerston resident. He will talk about the history of the town pound and the making of the pound during 2008-2009. Dan teaches dry stone wall building and, during five workshops with 44 participants, recreated the town pound adjacent to the Historical Society Schoolhouse.
The original livestock pound was built in October 1796 by Benjamin Alvord for the town of Dummerston. The size of the fence was 4 feet wide at the base and 6 feet in height. Each of the four sides was 36 feet long. The site, in Dummerston Center, was near where the Historical Society schoolhouse stands today but nothing remains of the original pound.
Author of three books, “In the Company of Stone: The Art of the Stone Wall,” “Listening to Stone,” and “The Solitary Stoneworker,” Dan has taught and created stone structures throughout the United States, Newfoundland, and Scandinavia. His imagination and works are incredible and one is left wondering just how his creations could be envisioned and built.
Please join us on July 18th at the Dummerston Historical Society in Dummerston Center, next to the Town Office. The program starts at 7:30 pm and will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 7 pm. The Historical Society is handicapped accessible. All events are free of charge, and one need not be a member to attend. Info: 802-254-9311
For more information on Dan Snow’s installation, see: www.dansnowstoneworks.com