Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

so I start this site in Virginia… go figure

My odd take on housing…

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A post from the History Blog…

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/25292

I get easily distracted with stuff… looks like 2×4 studs and 1″ clapboard… must have had a sawmill to mill the lumber, I figure.  Pretty luxurious actually when compared to 100 years before that.  Freshly in my mind is a will from 1736 of one Patrick Maule who left a bequest for his widow that a dwelling should be constructed 16′ x 20′ if I recall correctly.  Pretty much the same as this rickety cabin.  Maule was a “fat cat”… rich guy, ya know.

A decade or two before that folks were content with a “logg” dwelling complete with a dirt floor. (I’m thinking North Carolina here…).

‘Course Maule did not have to deal with the crap that slaves did… housing… not so much.

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more Turpentine history…

http://www.floridamemory.com/solr-search/results/index/page/1?q=collection%3A%22Florida+Photographic+Collection%22+AND+subject%3A%22Turpentine+industry+and+trade%22&searchbox=1&query=Turpentine+industry+and+trade&year=&gallery=0&search-type=

Its my understanding that 300 years ago “long leaf” pines were common… this is East Texas but you get my drift.  I’ve seen references to North Carolina pines being 5 feet in diameter (Dr Parramore discussing Meherrin River area… early 1700s).  Also, if I understand correctly, these forests actually “need” to be burned occasionally to stay healthy. The Indians seemed to understand that perfectly as they regularly burned the forests.

https://i1.wp.com/www.conifers.org/pi/pi/palustris11.jpg

http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_palustris.php

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Written by anderson1951

May 17, 2013 at 6:01 am

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