Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory - Virginia


Spring Bank

Spring Bank, Chase City, Virginia (36.869879, -78.410445)

Center Block Felling Dates: Winter 1792/3

South Wing Felling Dates: Spring 1795

North Wing Felling Dates: Winter 1796/7

Log Building Felling Dates: Undated

Smokehouse Felling Dates: Undated

Site Master 1659-1796 (yellow pine) SBVAx1 (t = 7.37 cpz3; 7.09 PJBS3; 7.00 TPTCx5).

Spring Bank is a five-part plantation house with a two-story, three-bay center block and flanking one-story wings. Outbuildings include a log cabin, a laundry, and a smokehouse.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the center block of the main house was constructed from timbers felled in the winter of 1792/3. One of the timbers used to construct the south wing provided a felling date of the spring of 1795 while a timber from the north wing provided a felling date of the winter of 1796/7. Although both the log building and the smokehouse were sampled, neither was found to date at this time.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2022 “The Tree-Ring Dating of Spring Bank, Chase City, Virginia ”, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2022/05




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Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory

Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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Baltimore, MD 21230