Three types of fences can be seen on the farm:  post & rail, snake, and osage orange.  All were common in the area, but their construction was quite different.

Post & Rail:

This type of fence is made by putting rails with paddled (tapered) ends into a series of 4 or 5 holes made in posts.  Drilling the posts was laborious, but it was easy to replace the rails and mow along the straight fence line.


Snake fences are easy to build.  They are made by stacking split rails into slots formed by pairs of split posts.  The zig-zag style gave it strength, but made mowing and rail replacement more difficult.


Osage orange fence a hedgerow can be seen across the top of the field along Valley Road. A good one was "horse high and hog tight." The annual pruning job is laborious, but necessary to maintain a density of thorny branches.



Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

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Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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