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Angel-Ditzel Barn

Richard Cain Barn, Milford, New Jersey (40.583449, -75.064746)

Felling Date: Winter 1793/4

Tie beams (2/2) 1793 (C); Posts (3/4) 1793 (C), 1789; Swing beam (1/1) 1793 (C); Rail (1/1) 1793 (C); Brace (0/1). Site Master 1550-1793 RCNJx1 (t =7.14 HUTCH; 6.92 DC-AREA; 6.84 NY040).

The Richard Cain Barn is a ground-level, three-bay barn with later additions to the north and west. It is the only remaining barn framed with gunstock posts in Holland Township. It has a four-bent, heavy swingbeam frame with full-width cambered tie beams in all four bents and no intermediate posts.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built from trees felled in the winter of 1793/4, suggesting a construction date of the winter of 1793/4 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2013 “The Tree-Ring Dating of the Richard Cain Barn, Holland, New Jersey," unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2013/17

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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