This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
In Western New York stump fences are quite common. Haviug tried many means, ineffectually, to destroy these remnants of the primeval forest, the people at last devoted them to the useful purpose of inclosing their farms. They are very durable, and their appearance would seem to be enough to frighten cattle from all attempts to get through them; but they really could not, if they tried ever so hard. These fences, when well put up, are at least picturesque, if not beautiful; they could be made to take on the last attribute to a very considerable degree by covering them with creepers. For this purpose, we can think of nothing better than the Ampelopsis hederaces, a rapid grower, and hardy. These fences, covered with Ampelopsis, hanging in graceful festoons from the long roots, would present a very beautiful sight during the summer, and in autumn and early winter would be all aglow with brilliant tints. We suggest that some of our Western friends, with an eye for the beautiful and picturesque, plant their stump fences with the Ampelopsis.