Choosing the fieldstone that is right for you will depend
primarily on your taste and style preferences. At the Colonial
Stoneyard we stock over twelve different types of fieldstone.
The two basic categories are aged and quarried. Aged stone
has been out of the ground for 75 years or more. There may
be lichen or moss on the stone giving it that antique quality.
Quarried stone has been recently taken out of the ground.
The stone has a split appearance and a contemporary look.
The most popular types of fieldstone in our area are New
England Flats and Rounds and the Native Flats. Gaining in
popularity are several palletized stones: PA/NY Flats, Goshen
wall stone, South Bay Quartzite wall stone and Connecticut
Whiteline wall stone. For a retaining wall that is 18"
wide, you need one ton of stone for every ten face feet of
Crushed stone is needed behind and below your fieldstone wall.
The crushed stone is important so that water will not be trapped
behind the stone wall. The crushed stone ensures that your
wall will make it through the winter freeze/thaw cycles without
shifting. Approximately one ton of crushed stone will be needed
for every three ton of fieldstone used.