If you own an estate or design estate property and are looking for a way to incorporate an Old World look and style into a boring driveway, consider paving it with antique salvaged cobblestone for a truly gorgeous appearance. An antique cobblestone driveway will add charm and uniqueness as well as value to almost any property.

Cobblestones were once used in ancient times to cobble streets. In fact, cobblestone streets are known to have been found as far back as the 3rd and 4th centuries. These types of streets were especially popular in Europe and Latin America.

Some of the antique salvaged cobblestone that is currently available came from Europe. Ships used the cobblestone as ballast. Other cobblestone was locally quarried. In the United States, 150 to 200 years ago, cobblestones became incorporated into the streets of some of our most historic cities. Now these stones are available for use, so you can build your own Old World antique cobblestone driveway.

All of these cobblestones are genuine, reclaimed antiques. They are typically 4.5 inches in width and depth, with random lengths of 6 to 12 inches to produce the characteristic Old World cobblestone look. The worn, rounded tops and classic color combinations of the antique cobblestones convey genuine historic charm.

Paving with cobblestone adds more than just historic charm and uniqueness to your property though. It’s practical and cost efficient. Cobblestone is a natural and long-lasting material. Because of its toughness, it prevents ruts and can withstand all sorts of weather. When set in sand, cobblestone provides a flexible surface that won’t crack with ground movements or during a freeze. Cobblestones are stain resistant and are also low maintenance. The unmatched character of antique cobblestone makes it a stunning and sensible addition to any estate.

Types of Antique Cobblestone Available:

euro-blend-cobble-optionEuropean Blend
This type of cobblestone ranges in color from mottled purple to grey, with a variegated look of a quaint Colonial street. The amazing color range immediately catches the eye and is sure to please. This granite cobblestone is solid and nearly indestructible.

lake-street-cobble-detailLake Street
This type of cobblestone consists of a true grey color with black specks and retains the uniqueness and charm once found in historic settings. This choice works well even against more modern buildings, giving you the opportunity to combine both old and new.

old-english-cobble-detailOld English
This type of cobblestone mixes mellow tones of plum, brown and tan. The unique sandstone, quarried here in America, was very popular in western New York and eastern Ohio dating all the way back to the early 1800s.

philly-cobble-detailSalt & Pepper
This type of cobblestone is a striking, yet classic look that’s achieved by using white granite with black speckles, giving it a light neutral gray look after it’s installed. This is a perfect choice for strongly colored surroundings where other colors might clash.

This type of cobblestone, made up of rare and unusual blue/grey stones, was originally reclaimed from Pennsylvania streets that date back to the days of the founding fathers. Generations of horse, wheel and foot traffic, along with years of exposure to the weather, have worn the tops smooth, making the stones comfortable for today’s users.

This type of cobblestone is one-of-a-kind pink quartzite with reddish tones. Its durability is outstanding, providing the sturdiness required for a long-lasting product. The slightly polished upper surfaces reveal abrasions from its already 150+ years of use, adding to its historic charm.

Achieving an Old World look on the outside of your estate has never been easier. Contact us for more information about antique cobblestone driveways. Gavin Historical Bricks will reclaim and supply the antique stone, delivering it directly to your job site anywhere in the United States. It is our goal to find the perfect material for your project!

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