The winter season is the time for restoration! The past few weeks, our carpenters have been tirelessly working on sprucing up some outbuildings on the property. Slate roofing tiles were replaced and a fresh coat of white paint dressed up the Schoolhouse and Main House. A few poplar boards were replaced on the Office (originally the Overseer’s cabin), exposing the salmon brick-nogging underneath. These bricks acted as insulation from the temperature changes and wind.
The largest project has been the complete overhaul of the Storehouse on Plantation Street, which started showing its age of almost 280 years. The carpenters have kept to 18th-century techniques, using the traditional joinery of wooden pegs and perfectly cut boards instead of modern nails and glue.
One of the original beams removed was engraved with the Roman Numerals four through eight at specific intervals. The carpenters engraved “2017” in Roman Numerals on the new replacement beam.
The new year means a “new” fresh look for the plantation. Thank you to the guests who’ve contributed through donations or tours, as you’re the funding behind the restoration!