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Rich Hill

Rich Hill, Bel Alton, MD 20611 (38.471445, -76.965356)

Main House Felling Dates: Summer 1728, Winter 1728/9 and Spring 1729

Studs (6/6) 1728 (C), 1727 (½C); Rafter (2/3) 1728 (¼C), 1727 (½C); Post (0/1). Site Master 1577-1728 RHMDx1 (t = 7.82 MJS4; 7.12 MFVAx1; 6.65 SARSS1). Individual sample sequence 1595-1727 rhmd8 (t = 6.19 MTVx1; 5.52 WCCHHS3; 5.45 MTVx3).

Rich Hill is a one-and-a-half story building that has been much altered since its initial construction. Of the original first-floor plan, which consisted of four rooms and a short stair hall to the rear, only the stair hall and the northwest room retain their original dimensions. The original hip-on-gable roof was also replaced by a gable roof structure at some point during the house’s history. The second floor, however, preserves its original five-room plan with original doors, hardware, and surrounds.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the timbers used to construct the original structure were felled from the summer of 1728 through the spring of 1729.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2015 “The Tree-Ring Dating of Rich Hill, Bel Alton, Maryland”, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2015/19




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Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory

Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

25 E. Montgomery St.
Baltimore, MD 21230