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William Vanderbelt Barn

William Vanderbelt Barn, Holland Township, New Jersey (40.603471, -75.093733)

Felling dates: Summer 1811 and Winter 1811/12

Posts (4/5) 1811 (C), 1810 (½C), 1801; Tie beams (1/2) 1811 (C). Site Master 1696-1811 HOFFx1 (t = 10.35 HOLL2; 9.95 WYDNJx1; 8.68 SVNJx1).

The William Vanderbelt Barn (49’ x 26’) is a ground-level, four-bay, swing beam barn with newer additions on two sides. It has a scribe rule frame with hewn oak major components, vertical sawn oak minor components, a mix of both sawn and hewn nailers, and sawn rafters; all of the tie beams are cambered and all of the posts have raising holes (Carla Cielo, pers. comm.).

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built in the winter of 1811/12 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2015 “The Tree-Ring Dating of the William Vanderbelt Barn (Holland Township Barn Survey #11), Holland Township, New Jersey" unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2015/12

This project was commissioned by Larry LaFevre and Carla Cielo of the Holland Township Historic Preservation Commission and funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC Minigrant 2013) and the Holland Township Committee.

A copy of the dendrochronological report for this building can be found here.

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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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