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Messerschmidt House

Messerschmidt Log House, Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania (39.99904, -76.59420)

(a) Main Log House Felling dates: Spring 1758, Summer 1758, Winter 1758/9
(b) North Partition Wall Felling dates: Summer 1762
(c) South Partition Wall Felling dates: Winter 1766/7


(a) Logs (8/9) 1758 (C) 1757 (C, C); Braces (0/2): Queen post (1/1) 1745 + 13NM; Floorboard (0/1). (b) Corner post (1/1) 1761 (C); (c) Door posts (1/2) 1766 (C)
Site Master 1677--1758 MSPAx1 (t =7.37 DRNx10; 6.71 KEEDSITE; 6.52 DRNx). Individual Timber 1679--1766 mspa6b2 (t = 5.95 MATHISTO; 5.93 DRNx5m; 5.89 ALLENS). Individual Timber 1656--1761 mspa15 (t = 7.23 ALLENS; 7.04 FLPA; 6.92 MATHISTO). 

The Messerschmidt Log House is a one-and-a-half story log house set on a raised stone basement. The building has a three-room plan with a heavy timber framed roof featuring queen posts and purlins. Dendrochronological analysis has shown that the original structure was built in the winter of 1758/9 or shortly thereafter, and that the partitions were inserted in the summer of 1762 and the winter of 1766/7 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2013 The Tree-Ring Dating of Messerschmidt Log House,
Hellam Township, Pennsylvania, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2013/11



Hanover Log Cabin

Hanover Log Cabin, Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania (39.73869, -76.95272)

Cabin             Felling dates: Winter 1850/1

Logs (1/11) 1850(C). Dated samples 1767-1850 hlc2 (t = 5.38 LBENNETT; 5.0 ANTIETAM; 4.84 ZLH). 

The log cabin located in Hanover, Pennsylvania, is a simple one-story cabin constructed from oak logs. The building was completely rebuilt and moved to its present location just prior to sampling. Only one log from the building dated against the regional master chronologies, giving a date of winter 1850/1 for the felling of the trees used to construct the building.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2013 The Tree-Ring Dating of Hanover Log Cabin in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2013/1



322 North Providance Road

322 North Providence Road, Wallingford, Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania (Lat 39.904067, Long -75.375135)

Primary house             Felling dates: Summer 1750, Spring 1751, Summer 1751

Studs (3/5) 1749 (C) 1750 (C, C ); Rafters (3/4) 1679, 1688 and 1750 (C)
Site Master 1595-1750 NPWx1 (t = 7.09 PHILY; 6.91 CCPA; 6.80 FORES). 

Dendrochronological analysis was undertaken on the house located at 322 North Providence Road in Wallingford, PA, in order to date the primary construction phase of the building. Samples taken from the roof structure yielded felling dates stretching from the summer of 1750 to the summer of 1751, indicating that the original wood-framed structure was built in the summer of 1751 or shortly thereafter.

Worthington, M J and Seiter, J I 2012 The Tree-Ring Dating of 322 North Providence Road,
Wallingford, Pennsylvania, unpublished Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory archive report 2012/1