Photos: Building George’s House – Windows & Weatherboard

Over the past several weeks, following the timber framing and while the shingling of the roof was taking place, The George Washington Foundation's carpenters Steve Chronister, Tom Rainey, and Josh Schwenk installed the Washington house windows and the beaded weatherboard, enclosing the house and shifting most of the work from the exterior to the interior. Read … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – Windows & Weatherboard

Photos: Building George’s House – Shingling the Roof

This past autumn, workers from Peter Post Restorations lead by Peter himself added the shingles to the roof of the Washington house at Ferry Farm. The handmade riven shingles were sawn from a tree trunk, smoothed on one side, and decoratively scalloped. Because they were handmade, each shingle was a different width. The roofers laid the shingles … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – Shingling the Roof

Video: Building George’s House – Laying the Stone Foundation

In this video, we see how stonemasons Ray Cannetti, Robert Hall, and Kevin Nieto laid the handmade Aquia sandstone foundation stones around and on top of the Washington house's concrete cradle foundation, which protects original architectural remains underground.  Watch these videos about the concrete cradle and the oyster burning process. Learn more about the Washington House here … Continue reading Video: Building George’s House – Laying the Stone Foundation

Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney

Brickmasons Ray Cannetti, Robert Hall, and Kevin Nieto recently finished building one of three chimneys for the Washington house at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Located on the house's east side and made from hand moulded brick by the Old Carolina Brick Company, this chimney is the smallest of the three.  The brick-laying work took about two … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney

Video: Building George’s House – Timber Frame Timelapse

The timber frame – from floor joists to roof sheathing -- of the rebuilt Washington house at Ferry Farm was recently completed.  The work was done by tradesmen using a mix of 18th century building methods and 21st century equipment.  The timbers were fashioned by Virginia-based Blue Ridge Timberwrights. Learn more about the Washington House … Continue reading Video: Building George’s House – Timber Frame Timelapse