January 10, 2019

Zigzag Fences at Manassas Battlefield

The park service often installs log fences at historical sites. These are called zigzag, split rail, and snake fences. In colonial and pioneer times, they were often erected because they did not need nails and logs were plentiful. Also, they went up quickly because holes did not need to be dug in the ground. If you have ever seen one being built, you may have observed how the different angles allow  the logs to support each other. 

I stopped at Manassas Battlefield on Tuesday on my way to Fairfax for a little shopping (which turned out to be not very successful). The Visitors Center was closed and gated off, but most of the other parking areas were open. People seemed to be enjoying the grounds without doing damage that I could see, in spite of the partial government shutdown.

It was a beautiful day, warm for January.

Sharing with Fences and Through My Lens.


  1. So peaceful- odd when you consider the history. Beautiful captures.

  2. Love those fences and they could be used or the letter Z. Have a a great weekend

  3. Neste momento é um lugar de grande tranquilidade e beleza.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  4. I would love to see one of these fences constructed...I always wonder where they start.

  5. Linda,

    I love these old fences! You can find these in the Cades Cove community in the Smoky's. DH said he's helped his dad build these kinds of fences when he was a boy. I'm sure you won't find them on the property any longer. I believe they'd fallen away and now the land belongs to someone else since his dad's passing last March. Have a good weekend!

  6. I've always liked the way those fences look. Nice pictures.

  7. I remember those amazing fences from our trip through parts of your beautiful state! Glad things are still looking OK in spite of ....

  8. I do like the look of these fences.
    Nice collection of photographs.

    All the best Jan

  9. I remember those fences from childhood picnics at the park. We went there often, usually for breakfast cookouts. Such a great place for kids to run. I also remember the Centennial of the battle, and the re-enactment. 50 years later, my husband went to the Sesquicentennial re-enactment.


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