Do you LOVE Wild Maine Blueberries?
It’s backbreaking work harvesting them from late July through early September, but how sweet they are!

The Wild Maine Blueberry has been the state berry since 1991 and blueberry pie was added as the official Maine state dessert in 2011, not to be confused with the beloved Maine state treat, the  Whoopie Pie! So why not combine the two? Treat yourself and order some Wild Maine Blueberry Whoopie Pies from Bar Harbor Jam!

Using a special close-tined rake on hilly and rocky terrain, blueberry growers still harvest low-bush blueberries by hand. The rake was designed over 100 years ago by Abijah Tabbutt, a Downeaster, and has changed very little in that time.  Some blueberry harvesting has become mechanical, but these low-bush delicacies usually grow on terrain that favors harvesting by hand. It’s back breaking work as you can see in the video below, but the taste of the wild berries surpasses any cultivated blueberries you may have eaten.

The video below show the process of separating the leaves and stems for the berries themselves.

You can get pints and quarts of Wild Maine blueberries at roadside stands between Bath and Wiscasset nearly every day in season as well as at farmer’s markets and farm stands that carry local produce. Eat them by the handful. Put them on your cereal or in your smoothies. Eat them with yogurt. Make a Wild Maine blueberry pie, blueberry crisp or cobbler, or wild blueberry jam. Try them in muffins, pancakes, or scones. Freeze them so you can enjoy them in the middle of winter. This Overnight Blueberry French Toast would be INCREDIBLE with wild Maine blueberries!  The possibilities are endless! You might even buy a blueberry rake as a souvenir.

If you want the authentic experience of raking your own low-bush Downeast blueberries, give it a go at Beddington Ridge Farm in Beddington, Maine. You can also order wild blueberry jam from their Etsy Shop.

To learn more about Maine’s Wild Blueberry crop, visit the University of Maine’s Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, the only university-based wild blueberry research facility in the nation. Research and development at the farm, along with on-campus research on new blueberry products and health benefits have had a direct impact on the wild blueberry expansion in the Pine Tree State. For more information go to UMO’s Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries.

While in Maine, pick up a copy of the Maine Caldecott Winner Blueberries for SalThe Wild Blueberry e-Book, or Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Recipes and Stories from Summers on the Coast of Maine to enjoy for years to come.

For those of you who prefer to sip your blueberries, try some of Sea Dog Brewery’s Wild Blueberry Ale or for wine lovers try Wild Maine Blueberry Sparkling Wine, “Bluet” made in a barn cellar at Damariscotta Lake Farm. A serving tip from their website:

Apéritif or Cocktail

A chilled glass of Bluet makes a fine dry apéritif on its own but as the foundation of a sparkling cocktail, Bluet has an affinity for a variety of ingredients. Try Bluet with a splash of triple sec over crushed ice and a sprig of mint, or give it an old-fashioned treatment with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. If you can get your hands on some mead, pour over ice, squash a lemon and float Bluet on top for a perfect peak-of-summer drink.”

Cheers! Enjoy Wild Maine Blueberries in an infinite number of ways . . . only limited by your own imagination!

 

featured photo from Allagash Brewing Flickr page

“Wow, this is like walking backward in time. I could never live here!”

Those were my words back in 1988 on one of my first trips to Damariscotta, Maine. I was sitting at Waltz’s Soda Fountain with friends not realizing that one year later I would be interviewing for a teaching job in Boothbay Harbor only to spend the next 12 years in Maine, some of my best years ever! I had driven out to Ocean Point after the interview and thought to myself, “I could pitch a tent and live here.”  The rest is history! Maine can do that to you. It still tugs on my heartstrings every time I visit.

Damariscotta is just a short jaunt from Ocean Point.  Take the scenic River Road drive through Edgecomb and Newcastle before crossing the bridge into Damariscotta. You’ll enjoy lupine fields along your drive in June with enjoyable views any time of year.

In Damariscotta you’ll find some unique shops and restaurants with excellent clothing, pottery & extraordinary gift shopping and dining options. Reny’s is an adventure in itself and you can almost always find a great bargain. Visit Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore & Café or Gifts At 136, enjoy King Eider’s Pub or Damariscotta River Grill both on the main street, or relax by the river with live music at The Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina. Awww shucks!  If you like oysters don’t miss the Pemaquid Oyster Festival the last Sunday in September at Schooner Landing. This year’s festival is September 24th. Rent a kayak or take a Damariscotta River Cruise. Don’t forget to stop for homemade ice cream (the kind we serve at Ocean Point Inn) at Roundtop Ice Cream. Their Maine Blueberry ice cream is sooooo good! So grab a cone and head down behind the property to explore the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, once containing a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans.

If you are in the area in August check out the Damariscotta Blues Festival held at Duck Puddle Campground in Nobleboro Aug. 4-6th!

Damariscotta hosts the Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival on Columbus Day weekend. Pumpkins are dressed and decorated all over town with many fun, family activities throughout the weekend.

This year Pumpkinfest’s major events, including: REGATTA/PARADE/DERBY/HURL will be held during COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND: October 6-9, 2017.
The PUMPKINFEST Regatta will be held at noon on Monday, October 9th.
The Volunteer Growers Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) Official Weigh-Off will take place on the previous weekend of September 30 & October 1.

Check the complete schedule here.
Photos from Paul VanDerWerf’s Flickr page.

And don’t forget to take time for “a walk back in time” at Waltz’s Soda Fountain for me!

Enjoy the charm and have an ice cream soda, frappe, egg cream or one of the other many items offered on Waltz’s Soda Fountain menu. Who knows? You may end up eating my words along with your sweet treat and moving to Maine . . . the way life should be!

 

Flea markets, antiques, restaurants, shops, galleries and history ~ you can find all of these on a day in and around Wiscasset.   Since 1973 Wiscasset has been listed in the National Historic Register as The Prettiest Village in Maine! 

You can begin your Wednesday (antiques only) or Saturday & Sunday (mixed merchandise) at 8:00 a.m. at the Montsweag Flea Market in Woolwich. It features over 100 dealer tables filled with antiques, collectibles and art. Norma Hunnewell began the Montsweag Flea Market on Mother’s day in 1977. Norma passed away in 2013, but her daughter, Gena has kept the tradition going strong and they celebrate the 40th Anniversary this year! Admission is FREE!

Traveling back toward Wiscasset on Rte. 1 you will see one of the top 10 favorite antique shops in Maine, Wiscasset Village Antiques (also know as Avalon Antiques Market). WVA features over 100 dealers in a 16,000 square-foot showroom and offers a vast selection of high quality decor including victorian and colonial antiques and primitives. You can visit WVA seven days a week yearround to find that special treasure to take home.

Wiscasset proper has over 20 antique dealers, clothing stores, quality art galleries, and craft & gift stores. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Sylvan Gallery and the Maine Art Gallery feature many of Maine’s best artists.

The restaurants of Wiscasset give you many choices for lunch. The well-known Red’s Eats and Sprague’s Lobster offer you outside dining. Sarah’s Café has a selection of hand-made pizza, delicious sandwiches, wraps and burgers, an extraordinary buffet of homemade soups, stews, and chowders, and mouth-watering baked goods and desserts all with a great view of the historic Sheepscott River. The Golden Wok and the Miss Wiscasset Diner also offer good dining choices.

South of Wiscasset on Rte. 1 you will find some lovely Maine Pottery! Georgetown Pottery has been carrying fine porcelain pottery from local Maine potters since 1972 and specializes in Maine themed brushwork and stunning glazes.  A little further south is Saltbox Pottery, creating practical and beautiful pottery since 1994. Each piece of stylish, traditional stoneware, created in Maine, is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, as well as being completely lead-free. Find the perfect gift to take home to someone special or pick up a memory of your trip to Maine.

 

The Boothbay Region is known for lobster, relaxation, fun shops, Maine lighthouses, the rocky coast, boat trips, kayaking, seals, osprey and puffins . . . to name a few! BUT, did you know that we have something for everyone including the active visitor who wants to explore nature? The Boothbay Land Trust boasts 30 miles of hiking on nearly 20 different trails that are open year round and are free of charge with donations welcomed. The trails are categorized as Easy, Moderate and Challenging and there are even a few island trails to explore! There’s even one right here on Ocean Point, The Ocean Point Preserve on Van Horn Road!

The Ocean Point Preserve is an easy hike with two trails to choose from. The “Norman Van Horn Trail” is a 0.9 mile loop or you can take the 0.2 mile “Golden Crowned Kinglet Trail”that leads to a relaxing bench in a wonderful wetland viewing location of Tibbett’s Pond.

A more challenging  trail close to Ocean Point is the Linekin Preserve. About 3 miles of trails range from moderate to somewhat steep and challenging, but the views along Little River and at the Damariscotta River are well worth it. You’ll traverse through the hardwood forest and will encounter moss and ferns as well as wildlife that live in this protected habitat. There’s a beaver dam along the 0.7 mile blue loop and a vernal pool along the longer 1.75 mile white loop. View a Google map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.

Linekin and Oven’s Mouth photos courtesy of Nate Stanley.

For the seasoned hiker, Oven’s Mouth Preserve, 2.4 miles, is one of the more challenging trails with several steep rocky ledges to navigate to reap the reward of the views of the Oven’s Mouth of the Cross River. There is Oven’s Mouth West and Oven’s Mouth East which are connected by a footbridge. View a Google Map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.

For a lighter stroll, you can take a leisurely stroll on the Ocean Point Walk, sponsored by the Town of Boothbay, along the shore at Grimes Cove. It gives you a different perspective of Fisherman/Ram Island and White Island as you enjoy exploring the rocky coast.

Ocean Point Walk photos courtesy of Bev Tabet.

So whether you take the leisurely stroll or challenge yourself to hike all 20 of the Land Trust Preserves’ hidden treasures, you’re bound to make new memories to take home with you! Enjoy!

Sunsets at Ocean Point Inn are nothing less than SPECTACULAR any time of the year! How many times have you looked at your photos and thought to yourself, “That’s not what it looked like!” Shooting sunsets with a point & shoot camera can be challenging, but whether you are using a point and shoot camera or a more sophisticated DLSR, you can still create great sunset images with a few basic tips!

 If you are an early bird, you can get some great sunrise photos in East Boothbay at Little River or go into town to the aquarium at McKown Point to get the sun rising over Boothbay Harbor!

So how can you improve your sunrise/sunset photos? Here are some tips!

  1. Be prepared!  Prepare ahead of time. Scout out your favorite spot since the sun rises and sets at a different angle depending on the time of year. Gather and check your equipment before you head out to shoot. Be sure to have your manual nearby. Equipment that will enhance your experience includes a tripod & cable/wireless release for slower shutter speeds and lens wipes or a lens pen to keep your lens spotless, saving you time in the post process! A great website, http://sunrisesunset.com gives you sunrise, sunset, twilight and moon information.
  2. Shoot in RAW! If your camera has RAW file format capability, try it!  The files are larger, but you can capture much more detail and can pull many more highlights out in the post processing than you can when shooting jpegs. You can shoot in both, but be sure you have a large enough SD card to accommodate the large files.  Your photos may not look as vibrant as a jpeg straight out of the camera, but with a little post processing in LightRoom, PhotoShop or one of the many free photo editing programs you’ll see a world of difference.
  3. The Golden Hour! The golden hour gives you the most desirable light with a warm glow. 1/2 hour before sunrise & after sunset gives a soft peaceful mood. I’ve never been a morning person, but the light at sunrise can’t be beat and never disappoints. Be patient! Some of the best color comes before the sun comes up over the horizon at sunrise and after it has gone below the horizon at sunset! If you are up early enough during a sunrise or patient enough during a sunset you can even catch The Blue Hour. Clouds add character to your sunset photos filled with color and you may also catch them reflecting in the water if you’re lucky. Turn off Auto White Balance and set your White Balance to Cloudy.
  4. Use a tripod! Whenever possible, use a tripod for your sunrise/sunset photos. Check your manual and use Mirror Lock Up to avoid shaky photos. Try different perspectives shooting low to the ground or high up. Shoot wide and then zoom in. Frame your shot and shoot! Change your perspective as you shoot so you don’t get 100 versions of the same shot! Use a cable release or wireless release to reduce shaking even more.
  5. Metering! Typically you want to point at the color you want to capture (look for pinks and purples), but you need to think about what you want to capture. Do you want silhouettes of people and interesting foreground features? Meter for the sky. Do you want to focus on the foreground without washing out the background? Meter for the foreground and use your exposure compensation (find this in your manual as it differs form camera to camera). It depends on your cameras dynamic range and it is challenging to get a balanced exposure in one shot.  To pick up highlights and lowlights try bracketing your shots shooting one at normal exposure, one under exposed and one overexposed.  Use your Live View to see the results and play with the settings trying +/-1 to +/-2 for your bracket. Your camera may also have a built in HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting where you set the bracketing range and it takes 3 photos in a row.  You will need to merge those in a  photo editing software to get the HDR effect.
  6. Aperture Priority!  Shoot in Aperture Priority (A or Av mode depending on your camera) and your shutter speed will be set for you. A larger number on your aperture (f/11, f/16, f/22) will give you the starburst effect and also will slow down your shutter speed  increasing the need for a tripod. Shoot wide (16-24mm) at f/22 for your best starburst!
  7. ISO! Turn off Automatic ISO and set it to the lower end for your camera, 100 or 200. The higher the ISO the more grain you will get in your photos. Today’s DSLRs can handle some high ISOs without getting too grainy. It mostly matters if you want very large format prints.
  8. Shutter Speed! This will automatically be set if you are in Aperture mode. You can use your Exposure Compensation to increase or decrease the exposure in this mode. Check your manual for the location of the button with a +/- on it for exposure compensation.
  9. Vivid Colors!  Some cameras have a setting for Picture Control such as vivid colors, landscape, or portrait under the Menu.  Slightly underexposing will also bring out the vivid colors.
  10. Get creative and Have FUN with it! And lastly, always look in the opposite directions of the sun, too. You can get some amazing reflections in windows and some beautiful colors!

Try out these tips and share your Ocean Point sites with us on our Ocean Point Inn Flickr page.

Download Sunrise/Sunset Tips —–> Sunrise:Sunset Photo Tips.

Do you have a favorite garden that you love to visit? Gardens flourish along the coast of Maine! They thrive in the morning fog as they are bathed in the cool mist that protects them from the scorching summer heat.

House & Garden Tours
In the month of July you can enjoy House & Garden Tours from southern Maine to mid-coast Maine all the way up to Downeast Maine. Book your stay at OPI on July 20/21 and you will be close by for two garden tours: Thursday in Camden and Friday in Boothbay.

Garden Tour Links
  Garden Tours from Portland to Bar Harbor 
 July 20, 2017 – 70th Annual Camden House & Garden Tour
 July 21, 2017 – Boothbay Region Garden Club Home & Garden Tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, 192 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 or by calling 207-633-2353 starting June 1. Tickets are $30 prepaid and $35 the day of the tour.

 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

To take in some glorious gardens on your own schedule while staying at Ocean Point Inn, enjoy its close proximity to the the award winning, 270-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, open May 1 through October 31st. You can explore CMBG on your own or take a one-hour guided cart tour for a small fee. Mobility scooters are available for a rental fee and wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Check their website for information about making reservations for carts ahead of time. Golf carts make frequent stops along the various trails and you can hop on/off should you prefer a “free ride” to walking. The Beagle, the first Coast Guard certified all-electric vessel in Maine, offers five one-hour tours per day where you will see lobstermen, wildlife including seals and osprey, and of course the famous hand-cranked Trevett Bridge!

You can spend a full day at the gardens or go back every day of your vacation and never see the same thing twice!  Tea & Tulips kicks off the season in May with other special events throughout the season. The colors and flowers are ever changing from Spring through the Fall.

Some of the attractions include the Giles Rhododendron Garden & Waterfall, the Vayo Meditation Garden, the Haney Hillside Garden, the Woodland Garden, the Arbor Garden, The Burpee Kitchen Garden, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and the Shoreland Trail. The two-acre Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, designed by landscape architect Herb Schaal, who specializes in designing educational gardens for children and also designed the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, opened in 2010. Inspired by Maine children’s literature, this garden is interactive and will bring out your inner child as you walk across the rope bridge of the tree house. No worries, all the features are made to accommodate children of all ages!

Many educational opportunities, for children and adults alike, are available at the Bosarge Family Educations Center. These range from horticulture & gardening to photography, garden crafts and wellness.  Check their website and calendar for the full listing of possibilities.

A spectacular sight to see from mid-November through New Year’s Eve for the past two years has been Gardens Aglow, a 360,000 energy efficient LED light display decorating the central gardens and buildings. The towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Edgecomb joined in the festivities in 2016 by introducing the Festival of Lights. Businesses and residents joined in with light displays and activities such as Festival of Trees, Harbor Lights Festival, North Pole Express and the Gingerbread Spectacular.  Don’t miss the 2017 extravaganza!

Roadside Treasures!

In early June, lupine is plentiful along the roadside heading from the traffic light in town to East Boothbay, on the road to Southport at the crossroad before the bridge, on the East side of the Harbor beyond the Catholic Church and by the westside of the footbridge to name a few. It is a sight to behold and will be gone once July rolls in.

 

When you return to Ocean Point you can take a walk around the Point to admire the many flowers and gardens along the water’s edge! Enjoy!

 

All Rights Reserved – Photos ©Bev Tabet Photography

Swing bridges are pretty unique and the Boothbay Harbor area is lucky enough to have two of Maine’s finest: the Southport Bridge and the Trevett Bridge, also known as the Barters Island Bridge. The Southport Bridge is motorized and the Trevett Bridge is manually opened, cranked by Dwight or Duane Lewis, twin brothers who have operated the bridges for 50+ years! The Trevett Bridge, connecting Barters Island to Hodgdon Island, is the last hand-cranked swing bridge still operating in the state of Maine! The most often asked question is “Does he get dizzy?”

You can listen to a 2005 interview with Dwight and Duane here.

In the summer, they crank the bridge open up to twelve times a day on weekends and six times a day during the week.  It’s a treat to watch and even more of a treat to help crank it open and catch a ride if you are brave enough to offer your services.

Enjoy one of the best lobster rolls in the area on the deck of the Trevett Country Store and you’ll have a good chance of experiencing the bridge opening.

The gates are lowered by hand and the bridge operator cranks in a circular motion as the center span of the bridge rotates on a fulcrum and allows boats to pass the center span on either side. If you take an electric boat tour from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens you can enjoy a water view from The Beagle as you pass through the bridge.

If you are a movie buff you may have seen the Trevett Bridge in the 2001 film, In the Bedroom, starring Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei. You can see it here in the movie trailer at about 2:00 minutes in.

Built in 1931, the bridge is slated for an estimated $4,250,000 DOT rehabilitation project in 2017. According to a 2015 article by Bill Pearson in the Boothbay Register, this project tops the list as the most expensive of the 50 projects slated for Lincoln County in their 3-year work plan. Public hearings are being held in March and April. It will remain a swing bridge, but will the bridge remain manually operated?  Residents of Trevett and Barters Island certainly hope so. They don’t want memories of this iconic bridge to leave the island.

So hustle over to Trevett and give Dwight or Duane a hand with the crank so you can return home with an unbelievable story to share with your family and friends!  You might want to have someone videotape it or your friends and family will think it’s just another Maine fish story!

View videos of the bridge opening below!

All photos and videos by Bev Tabet Photography

Your vacation at Ocean Point Inn isn’t complete without a day trip to Camden-Rockport, only about an hour’s drive from OPI.

The Town of Camden, Maine, is a quaint, beautiful harbortown with many offerings. The town has seasonal events, gift shops, clothing and craft stores and of course restaurants!

A visit is not complete without lunch at the Camden Deli. The restaurant sits in the middle of town and boasts a second floor dining patio with views of the harbor and its sailboats. The food is reasonable and the staff is pleasant.  Eat in or get it to go and enjoy it at the top of Mt. Battie!

If you travel north one mile heading out of  town on Route 1 you will see an entrance to Camden Hills State Park on your left which is open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset. Upon entering you will pay a small fee and travel up a winding road to the top of Mt. Battie.  If you are adventurous you can park at the bottom and trek up the Megunticook Footpath and Adam’s Lookout Trail which is a 2.6 mile round trip hike.   You can relax and enjoy a picnic, explore Adam’s Lookout and take in the breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbor, Mt. Desert Island and other ocean islands. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon!

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The view is spectacular and has been shown off in a number of Hollywood movies. The vistas are unmatched especially during Fall Foliage season and for watching fireworks on Independence Day or during Old Schooner Days. You can hike back down or take a leisurely walk down the 0.9 mile auto road to the parking lot.

On your return to the Boothbay peninsula you can stop off in Rockport to see the beloved statue of Andre the Seal who spent more than 20 summers in Rockport after swimming 150+ miles north from the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts each summer.

Continue on to Lincolnville to enjoy one last stop at Cellardoor Winery before returning home to OPI.  In addition to offering a free wine tasting, Cellardoor offers Classes & Pairings,  a Wine & Gift Shop, a viewing patio and afternoon tours.

What a great day trip to add to your Ocean Point memories!

 

 

You can’t walk or drive around the Ocean Point loop on Shore Road in East Boothbay, Maine without stopping to admire the Wilson Memorial Chapel.

The lovely, old stone chapel is non-demoninational and guest ministers, both local and those “from away,” lead the worship services on Sundays from the last weekend in June through the first weekend in September.  The Rev. Lewis Wilson honored his wife,  Janet M. Wilson, by naming the chapel for her and according to the Chapel records the first service was held in August of 1917 shortly after Rev. Wilson completed construction.

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As you walk up the stone steps and through the sturdy door of the Wilson Memorial Chapel you are transported back in time by the stonework, the brick, the woodwork and the gorgeous stained-glass windows. How many guest ministers have given a sermon here in 100 years? How many couples have walked down the brick aisle to pledge their love and speak their vows? How many friends who have passed away have been memorialized in this cozy, intimate place of worship? How many visitors have stood right where you are standing at that moment?

As you leave the chapel, the views of Fisherman’s Island and Ram Island greet you at the door. In winter the chapel gets blanketed in snow as it awaits the return of Ocean Point residents (Ocean Pointers as they’re called) and a host of new visitors who will appreciate its beauty, just as those who have come before them have.

The summer of 2017 will have many activities to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of this historic chapel. Here are a few activities from the Wilson Memorial Chapel’s March letter which can be downloaded here –> Wilson Chapel:

July 15-16 – 95th occasion of a visit to Ocean Point and the Chapel, from the Maine Seacoast Mission. The Sunbeam will be brought to the Boothbay Harbor area. Tours will be on Sunday, July 16th, from 11:00-1:00 via boat shuttles from the Card Cove dock.

July 21 – The Chapel will be included on the Boothbay Region Garden Club Home & Garden Tour

August 6 – Commemorative service at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 and is open to all Ocean Pointers and friends, and their guests.

Check their new website (which will be online soon) for details of all activities.  www.wilsonmemorialchapel.org

Enjoy your visit to the Wilson Memorial Chapel . . . only a short walk away from the Ocean Point Inn!

Have you ever admired a stone wall winding through a field in New England? The most common antique structures in New England are its rock walls. Many were built by our European ancestors, but stone masons continue their craft even to this day, adding their personal, artistic touch to their work.

Before stone walls were built, farmers used wooden, zig-zag rail fences to separate their farms. It has been estimated that there are 16,000 miles of stonewalls across the six New England states. Most were built between 1790 and 1820 during an expansion of farmland.  The period from 1775 to 1825 was known as the Golden Age of stone wall building when more stone walls were built than at any other time. The walls served as boundary markers as farmers each spring moved them aside. Horses and oxen would drag stones on a wooden skid to the sides of their field. Taller walls served as pens for their farm animals.

Ocean Point Inn has been updating its gardens and rock walls. More photos coming after the “Spring Thaw.”

There are many online videos devoted to the construction of sturdy walls. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Safety – wear long pants, long sleeves, goggles, gloves and steel-toed shoes.
2. Work in an uncluttered workspace.
3. Sort and arrange your rocks in piles:
° Large, flat stones for your base
° Heartstones for filler rocks
° Pinning stones – smaller stone wedges to hold up the face rocks
° Face rock – to show off sides of the walls
° Through stones – long rocks placed sideways to tie face sides together
° Topping rocks – Flat, wide rocks to finish off wall and put weight on top
4. Dig your base 8″-12″ and level off.
5. Keep your course level. Use a string to keep your fence even.

The more time you take to place your stones, the better the outcome will be!