The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 3, 1999


Rocks from Carlisle depart for United Nations Garden in NY

Larry Sorli, Jr. of Westford Street reports that rocks and boulders removed from Sorli pasture land, then piled along the edges of the fields in 1975 when the land was tilled, are now being used in the construction of the Peace Bell Garden in the central courtyard of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Zen Associates of Sudbury, a landscape architectural firm, has been commissioned by the The World Peace Bell Association, U.S.A., to design a terrace that will be defined by an arrangement of boulders and earthen mounds planted with Japanese maple, low bamboo and flowering shrubs composed in a traditional Japanese style.

Jic Davis of West Street was the first to notice the large rocks on the Sorli land and has acted as a resource manager for the project. The rocks have been moved to the Le Masurier Granite Quarry in Westford, where they have been sliced flat to a specific size and shape, then transported to New York to be used in the 43 x 87-foot garden, which is to be completed in April.

"I think we have the rockiest farm in Carlisle," said Sorli. "I never thought rocks had any value and now they are going to Manhattan."

This is not the first time that rocks from the Sorli property have gone into constructing memorials. The rocks from the old granite quarry on Sorli farmland near the Westford line went into building the base of the Minuteman statue in Concord, according to Mrs. Benson P. Wilkins' manuscripts, housed in the Gleason Public Library.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito