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Fine/Riegel Barn

Fine/Riegel Barn, 380 Mt. Joy Road, Holland Township, New Jersey, Block 9, Lot 8.07 (40.605351, -75.170742

Felling Date: Winter 1805/6

Main carrying beams (girders) (0/2); Posts (2/4) 1805 (C), 1713. Site Master 1618-1805 MABx1 (t = 6.48 WYDNJx1; 5.83 MARYLAND; 5.58 MATHISTO).

The Fine/Riegel Standard Pennsylvania Forebay Barn (55’ x 35’) is a two-level, stone bank barn with a light Germanic scribe-rule frame, hewn oak and chestnut major components, sawn oak nailers and braces, hewn rafters, and wrought T-headed transition nails (found in the mowstead walls); this barn may be the oldest remaining Standard Pennsylvania forebay bank barn in the township (Carla Cielo, pers. comm.).

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built in the winter of 1805/6 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2015 “The Tree-Ring Dating of the Fine/Riegel Barn (Holland Township Barn Survey #20), Holland Township, New Jersey" unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2015/16

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 2015) 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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