One of the special features of Ferris Park is the network of old stone walls that crisscross the landscape. These stone walls were built more than a hundred years ago by a Scottish caretaker of the Ferris family farm. Clarke brought the “dry stone” technique to Canada as did other European settlers. No mortar is used to build a dry stone wall but rather stone pieces are carefully selected to fit perfectly together. The finished structure is steady and sound and “moves as a series of expansion joints, unlike other walls built with mortar that freeze and crack”.
Approximately, seven kilometers of dry stone walls can be found at Ferris Park today but they are in trouble. Over the years, the walls have suffered neglect, many have been obscured by vegetation and other sections have been pillaged. The Friends of Ferris are working with drystonecanada.com to restore the walls to their former glory.
Click on the link below for more information: Dry Stone Wall Workshop