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One doesn’t have to look hard to find the footprints of Cape Cod’s past scattered about. Stone walls dating far back as the Pilgrims’ first foray into the New World offer a glimpse into the one of the oldest construction methods in existence: masonry. 

“That’s part of the reason I love it,” says Brian Boley, proprietor of Sandwich-based M.B. Masonry. “It lasts forever.” The survival of some of the best-known architectural structures around the globe—Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, and the Parthenon in Greece—can all be credited to good masonry. That longevity, attributed to meticulous craftsmanship, is what Boley so admires and looks to emulate. And some of Boley’s finest stonework is on display in a recently built guesthouse in North Falmouth. 

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Andrea E. McHugh, a former editor at Newport Life magazine, is a freelance writer living in Rhode Island.

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