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Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina (32.87095, -80.07627)

(a) Main House Felling Dates: Spring 1747, Winter 1747/8

(a) Packer (1/1) 1712; Rafter (4/8) 1743, 1747; Ceiling joist (3/9) 1746, 1747 (¼ C, C); Ex-situ timber (1/2) 1698; Summer beam (0/2); Stud (0/5); Wallplate (0/1). Site Master 1612-1747 (pine) DRAYx1 (t = 6.07 VAPINE2B; 5.29 TUVA; 5.11 GA003)

Drayton Hall is one of the finest surviving plantation houses in America. The main house is a double-pile, seven-bay structure of two stories on top of a raised basement with a double projecting portico on the west facade.

Worthington and Seiter 2012 The Tree-Ring Dating of Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina. Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory 2012/06.

Fenner House

Fenner House, New Bern, South Carolina (35.106190, -77.041872)

Fenner House Felling Dates: Summer 1789, Winter 1789/90

Joists (2/4) 1789 (C), 1788 (½C); Posts (0/3). Same-timber mean 1557-1789 FENN12 (t =7.91 LVNx1; 6.21 NWS2; 6.14 ATHx1).

The Fenner House is a four-bay, two-story, Georgian-style framed building built over a brick cellar. The house originally included a center chimney stack, which is now being rebuilt during the present owner’s restoration.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the timbers used to build the original structure were felled in the summer of 1789 and the winter of 1789/90, suggesting that the primary phase of the house was constructed in the winter of 1789/90 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington and Seiter 2014 The Tree-Ring Dating of the Fenner House, New Bern, South Carolina. Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory 2014/05.




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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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