Starkey Hill Interpretive Trail Highlights

Century-old split-rail fences


The Starkey property has been farmed, grazed, logged and managed for many years. The stone piles from cleared fields and split-rail fences along this section of the trail bear witness to man's utilization of the land. Split-rail fences, made of Eastern white cedar, once common throughout the region, use an interlocking, largely self-supporting design that reveals the ingenuity of early settlers. Starkey's fences were originally built to contain livestock. Possibly over a century old, they are proof of cedar's decay resistance.




Interlocking split-rail structure
(photo Bob Fanning)

There are different styles of split-rail fences, as the following link shows. Although the examples are from the U.S., similar patterns exist in Canada.

The Starkey Hill Interpretive Trail is jointly managed by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club and the Grand River Conservation Authority

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