Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory - Virginia



Snowden, Scottsville, Virginia (37.781214, -78.490868)

Primary House Felling Date: Summer 1845

Tobacco Barn Felling Date: Winter 1848/9, Summer 1835, Spring 1815

Site Master 1680-1848 (yellow pine) SNOWx1 (t = 6.19 HTVAx1; 5.41 EBRx1; 5.37 HQFx8).

The property at Snowden was part of land that originally belonged to Thomas Jefferson’s father; on his death, the property was inherited by Thomas’s younger brother, Randolph, who died in 1815.

A dendrochronological analysis of the main house and the tobacco barn was undertaken to ascertain the primary construction date of each building. Dendrochronology has shown that the main house was constructed of timbers felled in the summer of 1845, while the timbers used to construct the tobacco barn were felled in the winter of 1848/9, the summer of 1835, and the spring of 1815.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2021 “The Tree-Ring Dating of Snowden House and Tobacco Barn, Scottsville, Virginia”, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2021/18




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Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory

Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

25 E. Montgomery St.
Baltimore, MD 21230