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Obadiah LaTourette Mill, Long Valley, New Jersey (40.784723, -74.778504)

a) Timber Section of Main Mill Build       Felling Date: Winter 1814/5

b) Shed Next to Mill Felling Dates: Spring 1853, Winter 1854/5

Site Master OTNJx1 1572-1814 (Oak) (t = 7.48 WYDNJx1; 6.78 HUTCH; 6.65 schen). Site Master OTNJx2 1764-1854 (Oak) (t = 5.76 WYDNJx1; 5.61 HUTCH; 5.31 NJ002).

The Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill is listed on the New Jersey and National State Registers of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the German Valley Historic District. The mill was originally powered by water, then converted in the 1870s to turbine power, before closing in the 1940s.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that one of the timbers used to build the timber section of the main mill building was felled in the winter of 1814/5 and that the timber shed next to the mill was built from timbers felled in the spring of 1853 and the winter of 1854/5.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2017 The Tree-Ring Dating of the Obadiah LaTourette Mill, Long Valley, New Jersey , unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2017/05




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