I don't know why they attract me, but ever since moving to New England, I have loved the sight of the old stone walls. They emerge randomly, as gray zippers that cris-cross acres of land, once setting farm boundaries and curtailing livestock. Now, they are pieces of the past, emitting strength and durability in these changing times. Because stone was plentiful, many of our UK ancestors did what came naturally. Built stone walls! Have you ever been to Ireland? Unmistakable connection. While there are no definitive laws protecting them, many people see them as state treasures and want measures taken to preserve them, as they are.