About Us 

The Dry Stone Conservancy's mission is to preserve historic drystone structures, to advance the craft of drystone masonry, and to create opportunities for training and make available expertise nationwide.

The Dry Stone Conservancy was incorporated in 1996 as a 501(c)3 organization to preserve existing dry-laid stone structures, and to revive and promote the ancient craft of dry stone masonry.

Selected Reading

Additional information regarding the history, background, and program of the Dry Stone Conservancy is located in:

Murray-Wooley, Carolyn and Karl Raitz.  Rock Fences of the Bluegrass University Press of Kentucky.  1992.

Murray-Wooley, Carolyn and Richard Tufnell.  The DRY Stone Age: the Dry Stone Conservancy Promotes an Ancient Craft. CRM [Cultural Resource Management]. 1997.  Vol 20, no 12, pp 17-19.

Williams, Stacie B. "The Dry Stone Conservancy: Building a Rock Fence Renaissance".  Slippery Rock Gazette. April 2013, 3.

Wooley, Jane M. "The Logic of Stone".  Landscape Architecture . July 2000.  pp 36-41, 84-85.

Wooley, Jane M. and Carolyn Murray-Wooley.  "Dry Stone Conservancy Promotes and Teaches an Ancient Craft".  Newsletter: Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation . Fall 1997.  p 5.  

Please also see our Publications for videos and manuals.

Additionally, the DCS is proud of its mutually supportive association with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, whose web address is www.dswa.org.uk.