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James Salter Barn

James Salter Barn, Holland Township, New Jersey (dismantled and moved from original location)

Felling Date: Winter 1793/4

Ex-situ timbers (5/9) 1793 (C), 1790 (h/w). Site Master 1709-1793 JSNJx1 (t = 7.13 HOLL2; 7.06 WYDNJx1; 6.76 APGNJx1).

The James Salter Barn, a ground-level, three-bay, swing beam barn (31 feet long x 20 feet wide) was saved from demolition by being dismantled in 2008. It currently remains in storage in Belvidere, New Jersey. The samples were derived from the stored timbers. Originally designed for hand threshing, this scribe barn had a side entry, a bay to house livestock, and a lofted haymow, and was built entirely of hewn oak, chestnut, and walnut (Carla Cielo pers. comm.).

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the barn was built in the winter 1793/4 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2015 “The Tree-Ring Dating of the James Salter Barn, Milford, New Jersey (Holland Township Barn Survey #03), Holland Township, New Jersey" unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2014/19

This project was commissioned by Larry LaFevre and Carla Cielo of the Holland Township Historic Preservation Commission and funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC Minigrant 2015) and the Holland Township Committee.

Photograph credit: Adam Wengryn 2008

A copy of the dendrochronological report for this building can be found here.

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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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