While I was visiting with Ester this weekend, she took me to see some local places of interest. This is the school building in the (very) small village of Leonidas.
I think this is the most impressive fieldstone building I've ever seen. Michigan fieldstone is generally rounded rocks of various sizes which are all compliments of the last ice age.
The rocks aren't all of one type. These were all dragged here from elsewhere by the glaciers and then left behind when the ice melted. Although the soil is not as full of them as many places in New England, there are still plenty to choose from.
And Michigan doesn't have bedrock from which to cut squared stones. So, people are always going to build things from the materials at hand. And some people can turn it into an art form. Think of the number of rocks that had to be collected, sorted into sizes and shapes, and then arranged into the patterns evident on this building.
I think attending school in a place like this would be inspiring!
I've previously shown you only one other Michigan fieldstone house (see link below), but I think I'll make it a point to take pictures of more.
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