Stone steps and hitching posts made exiting a carriage and tying up the team easy work. (more pictures)
Throughout history, stone posts have been used as fence posts, hitching posts and property markers—and we reclaim them all. Historic stone posts are unique pieces that come in a variety of sizes and materials.
Before motor vehicles crammed our highways, you would have used a hitching post to secure the horses that pulled your carriage. Often, hitching posts came in a matching set, with a set of steps in between to help passengers exit their carriages safely.
Our inventory changes frequently, so if you’re looking for something specific, contact us and we’ll work with you to find the right color, era and character to suit your project. If we don’t have the posts you need in stock, we will search for them to reclaim or can sometimes fabricate them from reclaimed stone slabs.
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Historically, stone posts had a variety of uses, most notably as hitching posts, property markers and fence posts.
Hitching posts—or places to tether horses pulling a carriage—frequently came in matched sets with a set of carriage steps between them. Sometimes known as upping stones, the steps allowed passengers to exit their carriage safely and easily. These relics of our horse-drawn heritage can still be seen in some historic cities—like New Orleans, Houston and Annapolis, Maryland—and are available in our reclaimed inventory for your next project.
You’ll also find property markers in our inventory of salvaged products. When used as property markers, stone posts proudly displayed the surveyor’s mark, family name or the name of an old company or rail line.
Lastly, stone posts were employed as fence posts because, for farmers, purchasing quarried stone for this purpose was relatively inexpensive. The rock was quarried and moved to the site, where craftsmen split the stone using traditional methods and sometimes finished them with an intricate design. They then drove the posts into the ground about 10 steps apart.
Between the posts, landowners used barbed wire, which was first patented in the U.S. in 1867 and gained great popularity in the 1870s as inexpensive agricultural fencing, particularly for livestock.
Several methods were used to attach the wire to the post. The most common was to lay the wire flat against the post and wrap a smoother wire tightly around it to hold it in place. Notches cut in the posts’ edges prevented the wire from sliding. Another less common method involved drilling a hole into the post, inserting a peg into the hole and securing the wire to the peg.