Ninety-two-year-old Leo Peraldo helped his father with masonry as a young man. He holds one of his father's masonry trowels, with the stone wall built by his father in the
background. Leo did not become a mason but a well known violinist who also taught violin to many students in southern West Virginia schools.

THE ITALIAN STONE MASONS of Southern West Virginia

by Bill Archer

There is a decidedly classical appearance inherent in the incredible cut-stone retaining walls that hold back the  mountains and  make civilization in the southern coal fields possible. The precise grace of the various fitted stones and the solid durability of their engineering combine to make the ubiquitous cut-stone walls of southern West Virginia a tourist attraction in their own right.

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House foundation in 2010


 

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