Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Groundhog Mountain, Virginia. September 2010

Post and Peg Fencing along the Blue Ridge Parkway

I resurrected this photo out of my recycle bin after I found this info online:

Traditionally, farm fences had four to six horizontal members of approximately 11 feet. Soft, second growth wood was expected to last around 5 years. Early farmers, building for the future, insisted on virgin wood. Old growth chestnut was plentiful in the Appalachian Range and was the wood of choice.  Other parts of the country relied on cedar and locust.  Today, the replacement wood rails and posts along the Blue Ridge Parkway are treated poplar.
Post and Stake (Also called Virginia Stake and Rail):  This fence is built with two upright members of different sizes planted firmly in the ground in intervals to accommodate the length of the rails. Uprights hold the ends of the horizontal split rails that can be wired together for additional strength and longevity.  This fence is often the style of choice on uneven or sloping terrain.
Post and Peg:  Post and Peg requires two vertical stakes (as in the post and stake style) ) secured by a hand hewn “peg” for each horizontal rail to rest upon.  It is no longer used. 


Carolina said...

Why ON EARTH would you put this photo in the bin?????? It is absolutely beautiful. You must be mad! But I'm glad you saved it ;-)

frayedattheedge said...

What a fabulous photo! I just showed it to Malcolm, as he loves all things wooden - we had an old fence post as a feature in our last garden. Fences like that are no good in this area though, the sheep would be out of the fields even quicker than they are already!