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New Kent Ordinary

New Kent Ordinary, New Kent, Virginia (37.518119, -76.978674)

Primary House Felling Dates: Winter 1735/5, Spring 1736

Chimney Infill Timbers Felling Dates: Undated

Site Master 1639-1735 (Tulip Poplar) nkova111 (t = 8.79 TAZ3; 8.14 EVAYP7; 7.99 sfs3). Site Master 1640-1735 (White Oak) nkova89 (t = 6.61 MONTP; 6.59 MULLx1; 6.26 WLVx1).

The New Kent Ordinary is composed of a one-and-a-half story front block with a three-bay, central-passage, single pile configuration set on a raised foundation with an English basement. Inspection of exposed interior framing reveals that the building originally had a pair of interior chimneys on the rear slope, but was reconfigured to flanking exterior end chimneys in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1880s, the building was substantially reconfigured again when the original garret level was removed and a full-height second story was added. The current configuration of the building is the result of a restoration effort to return the building to its original one-and-a-half-story form in 1964. Attached to the rear of the original block is a full-width one-story ell set on a full basement. (pers comm Robert Taylor)

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2019 “The Tree-Ring Dating of New Kent Ordinary, New Kent, Virginia” unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2019/05




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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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