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Stone House

Stone House Log Addition, Stephens City, Virginia (Long 39.08251, Lat -78.21864)

(a) Primary phase of log addition Felling Dates: Spring 1785, Winter 1785/6

(b) Secondary phase of log addition (raising of the walls) Felling dates: Winter 1803/4

(a) Logs (2/6) 1784 (¼C), 1785 (C); Posts (2/2) 1751, 1785 (C). (b) Logs (1/6) 1803 (C); Timbers in chinking (2/4) 1803 (C). Site Master 1725-1803 SHSVx1 (t = 5.70 MONOCACY; 5.37 ARC; 5.33 HQFx8). Site Master 1674-1785 SHSVx2 (t = 7.27 DC-AREA2; 6.59 ARC; 6.30 MD2011). Site Master 1664-1803 SHSVx3 (t = 6.73 MD2011; 6.39 DC-AREA2; 6.17 ANTIETAM).

The log addition to the Stone House in Stephens City, Virginia, was originally a three bay, one-and-a-half story structure butting against the original stone house. It was subsequently raised to its present height of a full two stories. A dendrochronological study was undertaken in an attempt to date the primary and secondary phases of this structure.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the primary log structure was built in the winter of 1785/6 or shortly thereafter, with the secondary raising of the log structure taking place in the winter of 1803/4 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2013 The Tree-Ring Dating of Stone House Log Addition, Stephens City, Virginia, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2013/05




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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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