Looking at this angle, it's a typical West Virginia scene. It's what's behind the buildings that's amazing...
Photos cant capture the magnitude of the wall. It extends far beyond this photo. It consists of about 7 walkable tiers, each one planted with different species. But notice that the wall is not just one type of stone...
Starting at the bottom is concrete curbing, then brick. The next level is chunks of asphalt from an old street project. Then you have a little man made stone, and above that mostly natural sandstone. Throw in some Limestone here and there and you have quite a wall. Each piece set in place one at a time by one man.
Starting with one of the lower tiers, you can see the amount of work involved.
Moving up a bit, notice not only the large rocks, but the many tiny rocks stuffed in between.
And when you run into an outcropping of boulders, what do you do? You take your sledgehammer and beat it into submission, thereby making your own rocks for the wall. One..at..a..time. All the while you're building walkways.
This view looking down from the top shows the tiers and the setback.
Another view from the top. These photos were taken in early April. By July there will be much more growth.
Showing the wall to the left side of the house.