Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown is a dry-stone waller and folklorist based in Greenville, South Carolina.

She spent her twenties bouncing between the University of North Carolina and the Smithsonian, small farms and commercial kitchens, and hillsides and blacksmith shops in Wales before realizing that she wanted to work with both her hands and her intellect.

Today, in addition to running her own stone masonry business, she continues to pursue independent oral history and photography projects in the US and Wales.

She can often be found staring up at stars, stretched out on picnic blankets, scrambling across remote hilltops, or helming a sailing vessel.


Whitney Brown @wbrownstone

The gang’s all here. https://www.instagram.com/p/CpsJKcNuFfh/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

I feel like for me heaven is probably sitting barefoot on a porch with Mississippi John Hurt, watching the lightning bugs come up late in the day.

Gotta tell you, @UNC , that alums are tired of getting your record fundraising email announcements when our friends & fellow alums who work for you are repeatedly denied raises and paid vastly under market. So much not to be proud of these days. It’s not the same school I chose.

Also, Balvenie Doublewood smelling of the malt floor and sentiment.

Later to the party than the number of years I have been on earth, but the 1981 Brideshead Revisited is the perfect escapist thing in this and I suspect many future moments. Jeremy Irons is amazing.

Thanks to @MrDGillespie1 for the recommendation! That my February book sorted. Trying to read a book a month. Jan has been tricky with all the running but just finished @wbrownstone ‘Between Stone and Sky’. Highly recommend! #reading #booksbooksbooks #iloveadrystonewall

Soft rain this Sunday morning. Just cleaned the wood stove glass and lit the fire. The coffee is extra fine. Woke up with a right forearm that feels 79 instead of 39, but hey, that's what ibuprofen gel is for. Stress galore lately, but great to get the hammers out again yesterday

@samreadbookseller does Edisto Beach (and very well indeed). https://www.instagram.com/p/CkO7_IxOC_J/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

My new Walking Horse boyfriend, Shaker. He is four years old, tall, dark, and handsome. https://www.instagram.com/p/CjwFVhNLQ5y/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Alice was just sort of *around* when I was in grad school. A regular presence at UNC and Duke and parties. I love seeing this article. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/13/arts/music/alice-gerrard-pioneering-women-of-bluegrass.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

Current drive home from work. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cjq7TUZrGv3/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

It’s officially Big Carhartt Jacket Season in the mountains. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cjn5l4hLI77/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

A classic Festival scene. @ Richmond Folk Festival https://www.instagram.com/p/CjhC7O6D87E/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Do I have any friends who use Trusted Housesitters?

Wood stove alight, coffee, wool slippers, slightly delayed listening of @BBCRadio3 Early Music Show… misty walk across the mountain later. Perfect cozy October Sunday at home.

Just posted a photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CjBWZKZuvC-/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

It’s that time again: back to the hammers and chisels. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci_F4hsvykO/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

It took a minute, but we got there in the end. @ Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci-nhALrUyy/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Letting parts of the property go wild much of the year has paid beautiful dividends. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci0A0bir3dx/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Just posted a photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CiyFyosvTFJ/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=