Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory - West Virginia

West Virginia

Murphy House

Murphy House, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (39.312360, -77.760100)

Primary Log House   Felling dates: Winter 1839/40, Spring 1839, Winter 1838/9

Framed Addition   Felling dates: Undated

Site Master 1718-1839 (oak) MFWVx1 (t = 10.45 DC-AREA2; 8.71 DRNNEW; 8.26 MCYx1).

The Murphy House is a two-story log house with a two-story framed addition. Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the timbers used to construct the log house were felled from the winter of 1838/9 through to the winter of 1839/40, suggesting that the building was constructed at this latter date or shortly thereafter. Dendrochronology was unable to provide a date for the framed section of the house.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2017 “The Tree-Ring Dating of Meadow Farm, New Kent, Virginia,” Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory Report 2017/03




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Michael Worthington
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