Fence-Viewers of Pelham, Past and Present
by Joe Larson
The office of fence viewer is one of the oldest appointments in New England. In Colonial times, fence viewers might be called upon to resolve boundary disputes; in Massachusetts, this position was first established in 1693 by a statute which was amended in 1785 and again in 1836.
Listen to Joe Larson, a long-time resident of the town of Pelham, and a Fence-Viewer for the town, tell stories of fence viewing.