Ashfield Stone Mfg. LLC
We purchased the land in Ashfield Massachusetts in 1984 with the intention of clearing some of the woodland and building our home and barns with our own materials. We were friendly with a neighbor, Ted Howes, an octogenarian, who took an interest in our plans and who had a wealth of history of the area to share with us. He became a dear friend and mentor over the years. Early on he told us that his grandfather, Robert Howes, had once owned our land and had used it as a woodlot. Ted recalled a story that his grandfather told that he had once paid a man $16 to draw out some of the wonderful flat stone from a ledge there with a team of oxen and a stone boat and deliver it for use in his barn cellar (this was pre-cement in the late 1800′s). This fact intrigued Jerry and he explored the woods for the source of this flat stone when he wasn’t cutting logs to be milled for lumber for our house and barns. When he finally found the ledge, he cleared it back of topsoil and roots, purchased some hand chisels and learned to split the stone into its silvery layers.