John Jacob Niles Homeplace, Clark County

This wall stands on the "Boot Hill" farm of John Jacob Niles, balladeer and composer.  It is believed that Niles built this wall in the late 1930s or 1940s.

This wall was in such bad shape that we had to forage for rock in another wall on the back of the farm.

This section of wall tied into another section that had been repaired making the total length of the restored section about 30 feet.  This is about a third or a fourth of the total length of this wall.


Although the wall looks great and will stand for generations, it is a little more ambitious than Niles had intended.  However, I think he would have been pleased.

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