Early Spring Morn by Gary L   Suddath

The sun is beginning to filter through the trees, and the dogwoods are in full bloom here on this beautiful spring morn at the John Oliver Place………….Split-rail fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are not common in areas where wood is scarce or expensive. However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware; such hardware was often scarce in frontier locations…….American chestnut was the tree of choice until wire fencing became cheaper and the chestnut blight eliminated this tree…….. The distance between either the zigs or the zags was 16½ feet or one rod. A landowner could then count the zigs or the zags along the side and end of his field and determine the number of square rods in a field which in turn told him how many acres the field contained. One hundred sixty square rods is one acre, so a field ten rods times sixteen rods was an acre.


  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthalmost 7 years ago

    Your countryside looks so beautiful and pristine! Gorgeous work Gary……………

  • Sherri Hamilton
    Sherri Hamiltonalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful shot I do so love the dogwood trees and Spring!

  • shotzbyjay
    shotzbyjayalmost 7 years ago

    Very nice shot Gary! And great info!

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 7 years ago

    Very beautiful, thanks for the facinating information on these great fences!

  • Asoka
    Asokaalmost 7 years ago


  • Annika Strömgren
    Annika Strömgrenalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaveralmost 7 years ago

    Amazing shot Gary, full of life and great color.

  • Leeo
    Leeoalmost 7 years ago

    So beautifully lush & green!

  • budrfli
    budrflialmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, I so love the history and facts you gave, makes it even more interesting

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shot well done

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