DelgadoStone 9/16/17 1:09 PM 6 min read

What Is New England Fieldstone Veneer?

If you are in the real stone veneer world you have been part of a conversation regarding “New England Fieldstone” or “CT Fieldstone” veneer. When people look at a fieldstone product versus a quarried stone they always ask: what’s the difference?

The simple answer is that a fieldstone is harvested from a field while a quarried stone is sourced from a quarry. New England Fieldstone is named because it is harvested from open fields and farms throughout New England. You may see some of it on a road trip in as a wall while others are scattered over acres of empty fields. Unlike a quarried stone, you can’t “dig” or “blast” for more fieldstone. Once the field has been harvested, that stone is gone. Forever.


Governors Island Homes
Old New England Rounds on Governors Island (New Hampshire). Work done by Stonehenge Masonry.


Why Is New England Fieldstone So Popular?

There are many reasons New England Fieldstone is popular. Our Old New England Wall and Old New England Rounds are two of our most requested products year after year. It may be the traditional “Old New England” look people crave for a cottage, fireplace, cabin, or lakeside home. It may be the fact that people know the supply is limited and fieldstone won’t be available forever.

The face of New England Fieldstone is mostly weathered and occasionally has moss on it from the time it spent in the field or as part of a wall. Typically color variations include brown, grey, and white. Splitting fieldstone typically produces an array of colors. Inside you can find everything from white and blue to more common dark grey, light browns, black, and white. This is found in our, Ashlar, Ledgestone, and split fieldstone.


Old New England Wall
New England Fieldstone Interior Wall (Old NE Wall Mosaic)

Like any natural stone it’s important to consider there will be color variations over time. Often the face will have a different shade of brown depending on the field or geographic location in New England. If it’s a large project you have in mind make sure it can all be obtained from the same source so the color stays consistent.