Here is the problem--we own a turn of the century cape with an attached 3 story barn and garage. Our driveway has always been gravel in dyer need of gravel. The base is clay which is very evident here in southern Maine as after the winter thaw and the ever increasing Spring rains we just have a lkae for a driveway. We have three children who could benefit from an asphalt driveway but I just think it really would detract from the rural look of our place and am lobbying for a stone driveway. Now having grown up with a stone driveway I know about a lot of the drawbacks--in the Spring my brother and sisters and I wanted to runaway before the annual "raking of the driveway" began but I would prefer to not have this "black top" center piece for an entry to our house...our current driveway is a straight shot and a short one at that 125 - 150 feet. Any advice on new innovative environmentally friendly affordable surfacing that would fit in with an older home?