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John and Nancy Yeatts House

John and Nancy Yeatts House, Pittsylvania County, Virginia (36.894258, -79.427730)

(a) Primary Log House Felling Dates: Spring 1809, Spring 1813, Summer 1813

(b) Secondary Log Extension Felling date: Winter 1821/2

(c) Repair to Secondary Log Extension Felling date: Winter 1902/3

(a) Rafters (4/7) 1808 (¼C), 1812 (½C), 1811; Floor joist (1/1) 1812 (½C); Logs (1/2) 1812 (¼C); Floorboard (0/1). (b) Logs (2/7) 1821 (C); Ex-situ logs (2/7) 1821 (C), 1813 (5NM). (c) Log (1/1) 1902 (C).
Site Master 1731-1821 JNYVx1 (t =6.71 HARTWELL; 6.17 HMHx2; 5.88 cpz3). Individual Timber 1810-1902 jnyv23 (t = 6.01 PA012; 5.38 PA010; 5.03 PA011). Individual Timber 1744-1813 jnyv31 (t = 6.22 CDMDx6; 6.22 WCM; ATMx1 5.65).

The John and Nancy Yeatts House is located near Chatham in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The log double pen house was built in two sections. Both the original and later sections were constructed with v-notched logs, a stone gable-end chimney, and front and back entries.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built using timbers felled from the spring of 1809 through to the summer of 1813, suggesting that the cabin was originally constructed in the summer of 1813 or shortly thereafter. The extension was built from timbers felled during the winter of 1821/2, suggesting it was added approximately a decade after the original structure. A timber from the extension was also dated to the winter of 1902/3, indicating the presence of a later repair to the extension.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2014 "The Tree-Ring Dating of the John and Nancy Yeatts House, Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia" unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2014/14.




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