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Joel Lane House

Joel Lane House, Raleigh, North Carolina (35.778877, -78.650809)


(a) House, Felling Date: Summer 1769


(b) Replaced Roof, Felling Date: Undated


(a) Floor joists (4/4) 1768 (½C), 1765, 1669, 1655; Bottom plate (0/1). (b) Ceiling joists (0/2); Rafters (0/5) (C). Site Master 1572-1768 JLRx1 (t = 5.57 VAPINE2B; 5.47 TUVA; 5.29 WRDx3). Site Master JLRx2 (t = undated).


The Joel Lane House is a one-and-a-half-story, center hall plan building that includes an integral one-story lean-to on the north side of the structure. The building is primarily constructed from heavy hewn yellow pine timbers. At some point in the past, the original gable roof was replaced with a gambrel roof built from an unidentified species of white pine in order to increase the living space in the upper story.


The yellow pine timbers in the primary construction phase provided a felling date of the summer of 1769, suggesting that the house and its lean-to were built in the summer of 1769 or shortly thereafter. Seven timber samples were taken from the reframed roof but did not date.


Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2013 The Tree-Ring Dating of the Joel Lane House, Raleigh, North Carolina, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2013/06.



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