NORTH CAROLINA




304 East Queen Street, Edenton, North Carolina  (Lat 36.058952, Long -76.604029)

(a) Primary structure, Felling dates: Winter 1718/19
(b) Lean-to, Felling Date: Undated

(a) Wallplate (0/2); Ceiling joist (4/4) 1659, 1671, 1677, 1700; Trimmer (1/1) 1657; Floor joist (0/1); Offcut of floorboard (0/2); Stud (1/4) 1691; Corner post (0/1); Brace (0/2); Collar (2/2) 1716 (1+nm), 1718 (C). (b) Rafter (0/1); Ceiling joist (0/3). Site Master 1558-1718 EDENx1 (t = 6.58 ATHx1; 6.03 LVNx1; 4.90 VAPINE2b). 

Although 304 East Queen Street looks to be circa 1900 with its tin roof and asbestos siding, on closer inspection it is in fact an eighteenth century hall-and-parlor house with nine-over-six sash windows, beaded weatherboarding, and a steeply pitched side gable roof originally covered in clipped shingles. The walling is framed in pine timbers, the floor joists are molded, and there were possibly two staircases originally in the building. The building has had a number of additions to the back and a series of alterations including the removal of a large chimney stack on the west wall. All of these features make this a very unique structure and among the oldest surviving buildings in North Carolina.

Dendrochronological analysis has found a precise date for the primary phase of the building. Nineteen timbers in total were sampled from the primary phase, with eight samples successfully dating and one of the samples providing a precise felling date of the winter of 1718/19. The four samples from the lean-to did not match the master chronologies and must remain undated.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2011 The Tree-Ring Dating of 304 East Queen Street, Edenton, North Carolina, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2012/14.



William R. Davie House

William R. Davie House, Halifax, North Carolina (36.331089, -77.592104)

(a) Primary House, Felling dates: Summer 1781, Winter 1781/2

(b) Secondary Phase (Repairs for Removed Chimneystack), Felling dates: Winter 1800/1

(a) Rafters (1/2) 1781 (C); Studs (0/3); King post (1/1) 1780 (½C); Braces (0/3); Ceiling joist (0/1). (b) Floor joists (2/2) 1800 (C). Site Master 1644-1800 WRDx1 (t =9.61 SUNAx1; 7.67 VAPINE2B; 7.52 CPZ3).

The William R. Davie House is a spacious, two-story, seven-room dwelling built on a side-passage plan. It was originally built with a central interior chimney, which was later removed and replaced by exterior end chimneys. The house was built by William R. Davie, a lawyer originally born in England who became a leading figure in eighteenth-century North Carolina. Davie was a member of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the 10th governor of North Carolina, and the founder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built from timbers felled in the summer of 1781 and the winter of 1781/2. The inserted timbers that replaced the space originally occupied by the interior chimney stack were felled in the winter of 1800/1.

Worthington, M J, and Seiter J I, 2011‘The Tree-Ring Dating of the William R. Davie House,
Halifax, North Carolina’ unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory Report 2013/20.




Hunters Mill Place, 14 Silver Spring Road, Sunbury, Gates County, North Carolina  (Lat 36.434445, Long -76.612357)

(a) Primary House, Felling dates: Spring 1840, Winter 1840/1

(b) Repair phase, Felling dates: Winter 1811/12

(a) Bottom plate (0/1), Joists (0/4), Rafters (5/7) 1840 (C,C), 1839 (¼C), 1786, 1805. (b) Post (0/1), Stud (0/1), Packing piece (0/1). (c) Tiebeams (0/2) Site Master 1709-1840 SUNAx1 (t = 7.70 SJC; 7.56 FSQx2; 7.52 LGN ). 

The Hunters Mill Place is located at 14 Silver Spring Road, south of the center of the town of Sunbury in Gates County, North Carolina. The main historic house on the property was originally a single five-bay structure. A cross wing was added to the north gable at some later date, turning the structure into a T-shaped building, and a number of later additions have also been added to the primary structure.

Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original five-bay structure was built in the winter of 1840/1 or shortly thereafter. No dates could be found for timbers from the north cross-range or from two reused timbers from an adjacent barn, all of which were sampled in the hopes that they could help in dating the primary structure.

Worthington, M J, and Seiter J I, 2011‘The Tree-Ring Dating of Hunters Mill Place, 14 Silver Spring Road, Sunbury, Gates County, North Carolina’ unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory Report 2011/08.




GUILFORD COUNTY, The Hoggatt House, now at High Point Museum (35.979595, -79.992115)

(a) Primary Phase (South end) Felling dates: Winter 1798/9, Summer 1799, Winter 1799/1800, Summer 1800, and Winter 1800/1801

(b) Second phase North end) Felling dates: Summer 1823, and Winter 1823/24

(a) Logs (11/12) 1800(29C, 31C, 36C, 38C), 1799(37C, 45½C2), 1798(24½C, 30½C,), 1771(3), 1762(H/S); (b) Logs (2/7) 1823(27C), 1822(35½C).

GUILFORD COUNTY, Armfield House (Demolished), Bull Run Creek (35.980000, -79.928000)

Felling dates: Winter 1821/2, Summer 1822, and Winter 1822/3

Logs (re-used in repair of Hoggatt House during 1973) 1822(28C), 1821(25½C, 38C).
All included in Site Master 1593-1823 HMHx1 (t = 5.8 HMHx2; 5.0 HOS; 4.6 NC008; 4.5 VA025; 4.4 PA012)

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Blacksmith Shop, Hartman Road, (35.979751, -79.991900 ).

Re-erected at High Point Museum 1970 Felling dates: Spring 1841

Logs (7/9) 1840(11¼C, 12¼C, 16¼C, 19¼C3), 1834(4).. Site Master 1744-1840 HMHx2 (t = 12.6 HOS; 8.4 VA009; 7.2 WATCH2; 6.8 VA017; 6.6 VA016).

The Hoggatt House comprises two phases, the earliest of which is the left-hand (southern) end which probably commenced construction during 1801. This was later extended to the right (north) in or shortly after 1824. The house originally stood on the corner of Rotary Drive and Phillips Avenue where Green Street Baptist Church now stands. The original owner of the land was Phillip Hoggatt, and was recorded in 1755 in Rowan County. The family owned the land until 1868. In 1973 the house was given to the High Point Museum and was moved to the present site. At the same time, the Armfield House in Bull Run Creek was demolished and some of its timbers were used to replace rotten or missing logs in the Hoggatt House. These replacement timbers were identified through photographs taken at the time of the move in 1973 and have been dated to between 1821 and 1822/3, which somewhat complicates the interpretation of the second phase of the Hoggatt House. The Blacksmith Shop was moved from Hartman Road in Davidson County to High Point Museum during November 1970. Dendro analysis has produced consistent felling dates of spring 1841, suggesting that it would have been constructed during the summer and autumn of 1841. Both structures are of log construction. Miles, D H, and Worthington, M J, 2006 “ The Tree-Ring Dating of the Hoggatt House, Blacksmith Shop, and the Armfield House, re-erected at the High Point Museum, High Point, North Carolina ”, ODL unpubl rep 2006/48

High Point Museum web-page http://www.highpointmuseum.org/



Barker House

Barker Farmhouse, 1785 Barker Road, Henderson, North Carolina  (Lat 36.378472, Long -78.502816)

(a) Primary phase Felling date: Undated
(b) Secondary phase Felling date: Winter 1773/4
(c) Off-cut of oak siding Felling date: Undated

(a) Collars (0/2); Posts (0/3); Rafters (0/5); Floor joists (0/2). (b) Rafter (0/1); Bottom plates (3/3) 1773 (C). (c) Oak siding (0/1). Site Master 1627-1773 BFHx2 (t = 7.37 VA2011; 5.92 MTP; 5.66 PIEDMO). 

The Barker Farmhouse is a two-story frame building consisting of a 20'x16' primary phase and a 16' x 12' addition to the south. Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the secondary building phase took place in the winter of 1773/4 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2011 The Tree-Ring Dating of Barker Farmhouse,
Henderson, North Carolina, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2012/
07.