Reclaimed Stone Wall Blocks


Hammering large pieces of granite into building blocks has been a part of New England’s history for hundreds of years.  These blocks were used to build railroad trestles, bridges, sea walls, cellar foundations and as the walls of many early American industrial buildings.  As these structures are retired from service, Stone Farm harvests their beautiful blocks and re-purposes them for many different applications.

The sizes and weights of these large stone wall blocks make them ideal when building a retaining wall or sea wall. Sometimes their shapes also lends itself naturally to not only act as a retaining wall, but as a seat wall. It is becoming more common to see individual pieces scattered throughout parks and rail trails, serving as a perfect stone bench!

Shapes and Dimensions

Granite Stone Wall Blocks were fabricated in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Throughout New England you may notice blocks ranging from 18-24” tall by 2’-8’ long.  These dimensionally shaped blocks often originate from railroad and bridge piers.  Cellars were often constructed from more semi-dimensional material; blocks with varied heights and lengths.  Stone Farm harvests and sorts this material to these various dimensions.

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Colors and Textures

Most of the granite block we harvest today originates from one of the numerous granite quarries scattered throughout New England.  Through years of weathering, these quarries produced granite in various shades of gray, blended with underlying earth tones.  Combined with a slightly rough, split face, textured surface, the end result is a unique color palette that can’t be replicated elsewhere.

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Dimensional Wall Block

Granite Blocks – Dimensional  

  • Specs - Blocks that have 6 dimensional sides

  • Dimensions - H (18”x 24”) D (18”x 24”) L (2-8’)

  • Finished wall face - split face or pillowed surface

  • Packaging / trucking - Bulk via 23 ton dump truck or per piece on dunnage on flatbed truck.

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Semi Dimension Wall Block

Granite Blocks – Roughly Square and Roughly Rectangular

  • Uses - Retaining walls, accent stones

  • Specs - Blocks with at least 2 to 3 square or rectangular flat faces

  • Dimensions - H (18”x 24”) D (18”x 24”) L (18”- 4’)

  • Finished wall face - flat face with rectangular or square shape

  • Packaging / trucking - Bulk via 23 ton dump truck load.

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Granite Benches

Granite Blocks – Roughly Square and Roughly Rectangular

  • Uses - Outdoor bench or accent stones

  • Specs - Blocks with at least 2 to 3 square or rectangular flat faces

  • Dimensions - H (18”x 24”) D (18”x 24”) L (18”- 6’)

  • Finished wall face - flat face with rectangular or square shape

  • Packaging / trucking - Flat bed

Recent Reclamation - Charlestown Bridge ( September 2020)

 

Located right outside Boston, the Charlestown Bridge was one of two extremely unusual swing bridges in Boston. The city decided the best way to address these rare old landmarks was to remove them. The bridge was constructed in 1905 making it a 115 year old bridge!

When we saw our chance to save yet another piece of Bostons beautiful history we couldn't resist. We are super excited to be able to share this great news with our community. We have salvage nearly 4000 granite blocks from the bridges 9 piers, all great for benches, stone retaining walls and more!

Specifications

Dimensions: Approx. 6' Wide x 2' Tall x 2 - 2.5' Deep
Weight : Roughly 725lbs/Lineal foot ( weight will vary as there are many different sizes)
Type of granite : Rockport Granite, Milford Pink Granite, Various Salt & Pepper