Master Stone Wall builder Ken Ely of Susquehanna County constructs a section of wall in the State Museum in Harrisburg as part of the “Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania” exhibit in 2012.
Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier
“The cultural heritage and folklife of a particular region is shaped by the geography, the settlement patterns and experiences of the people who live in that region. For instance, one is more likely to find basket making, wood carving and cabinetry traditions in the Northern Tier where the woods are abundant… And the impetus to survive the harsh realities of great distances, poor soil and an untameable mountainous landscape have shaped the independent character and rural identity of people living in the Northern Tier.”
– Amy Skillman, Institute for Cultural Partnerships
from “Headwaters and Hardwoods”