Chapter 14 - End of a Stone Wall...

As far as I can tell, no one ever had riveting dinner conversations over the topic of land surveying. If you’re a surveyor and I’m rudely wrong, please reply and tell me a good story. So when the printed copy of our House Deed arrived in the mail this week, surveying just got a whole lot more interesting!


“Beginning on the Easterly side of the road about 12 feet from a large maple tree by the road at the end of a stone wall along the head of a field…”


“… thence on said road so far as to make 25 rods* on a right angle from the last corner…”


“Beginning at a bolt in the end of a stone wall on the westerly side of the old discontinued town road leading northerly past the residence of the late Harry Reed; thence running westerly by land of said Reed heirs and by land of Smith, this line marked by a stone wall part of the way and by a wire fence and the remains of a stone wall, to a bolt in a rock on line of land of Phyllis Barter…”

* The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool and unit of length exactly equal to 5 1⁄2 yards, 161⁄2 feet, 1⁄320 of a statute mile or one-fourth of a surveyor's chain (approximately 5.0292 meters). The rod is useful as a unit of length because whole number multiples of it can form one acre of square measure.