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Snively Farm

Snively Farm, Keedysville, Maryland (36.331089, -77.592104)

(a) Primary House Felling Date: Winter 1787/8

(a) Logs (2/7) 1787 (C); Collar (1/2) 1766 +20NM (C). Individual sample 1716-1787 svmd6 (t =5.75 SBS2; 5.58 PA009; 5.55 ATMx1). Individual sample 1698-1787 svmd7 (t =5.95 RCBC3; 5.74 MD2011; 5.39 WATCH). Individual sample 1691-1766 svmd12 (t =6.06 FDSMx1; 5.60 WYDNJx1; 5.39 DRNx2).

Snively Farm was sampled as part of a dendrochronological project funded by the Maryland Historical Trust targeting Germanic buildings in Maryland. Snively Farm is a two-story, three-bay log structure with an exposed basement at the front elevation. The log walls have "V"-notched joints and rest on fieldstone foundations. Although there are a series of additions to the back of the building, the original layout of the log house featured three rooms with a central chimney, a style known as a Flurküchenhaus or entry-kitchen, which was introduced to western Maryland by German immigrants.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original log structure was built from timbers felled in the winter of 1787/8.

Worthington, M J, and Seiter, J I, 2014 “The Tree-Ring Dating of the Snively Farm, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland ”, ODL unpubl rep 2014/04.




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Michael Worthington
Jane Seiter, Ph.D

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Baltimore, MD 21230