HVVA NEWSLETTER, July 2005, Part Two of the Journal
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From the Journal Continued

<-Integrated 7'3" Footing for Porch (facing south)

The Fort Plain site is no stranger to archaeology or study. The Fort was probably begun in the French and Indian Wars. Its colonial history is dramatic and laced with the personalities of an intimate group of people. Its archaeology and study began in the 1960s and has it own history and personality well presented in the small museum and in a 46 page document with illustrations, Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer and Canajoharie, by Wayne Lenig, 2001, available from the museum for $5.

Norm Bollen, one of the trustees of the museum showed us an excellent informative Power Point presentation he has put together describing the history of Fort Plain and its importance during the Revolution as a defense on the northern frontier of the United States.

Fort Plain Museum
3 Bay Ramp Barn sawn frame
circa 1880 Montgomery County NY->
(facing east)

The stone work in the west walls of the barn foundation that supported the ramp is crude, perhaps some a repair? The south stone wall is well done like the north wall and perhaps part of another earlier building. In the short time we looked at the barn/house site many questions came to mind and we look forward to hearing more as it unfolds.

Stone Wall Support for Ramp (facing west)

Stone Wall of House, Exterior (facing south)


<-Plan and Wall Section
Fort Plain Museum
3 bay ramp barn
Montgomery County, NY






Traditional Nailing Pattern
for Wide Weatherboard Siding on Barns
This method saves on nails and allows
for the free expansion and contraction
of the unpainted wood siding.->



Wednesday, July 5, Received a call from Wally Wheeler, the Lamont-Dorty tree ring lab has come up with dates for the West Campt House, in Saugerties (ny/ul/sa/0016). They took then core samples from beams, one dates from 1752, three date 1753 and sic date 1743. There had been anumber of guesses about the construction date of the house, all much earlier. Wally who is helping on the final dendro report, wated to know what early family/families are associated with the house. No one seems to know.

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