Sunday, May 24, 2015

Split Rail Fence

Pomfret Center, CT  2015

Adding to the colonial charm of Sharpe Hill Vineyards are these split rail fences.  They are also known as worm fences  or snake fences due the way they meander along.  This type of fencing must have been pretty popular in early New England and Connecticut.  They require a lot of lumber, something that was in plenty abundance in colonial times.  They are also easy to assemble requiring no nails or posts.  Anyone from Connecticut can tell you, that it's next to impossible to dig a post hole  anywhere in this state without hitting a rock.  Believe me, I've tried on a number of occasions.


  1. Yes, it makes a great looking fence, but rail splitters must not be paid much. Enjoying your photos of the vineyard.

  2. This is quite an elaborate example of a split rail fence - so many pointy bits!

  3. That's a very cool fence. I've never seen one like this before.