Dendrochronology Contest!

To celebrate Preservation Month, we’re holding a dendrochronology contest! Earlier this year, dendrochronology (the science of using tree rings to determine the dates of events) was completed on three outstanding, historic NC houses:

The Crabtree Jones House – Raleigh

The Crabtree Jones House is a remarkable Federal-style house believed to have been built in the late eighteenth century that was moved in February of 2014 in order to save it from demolition. The house is currently available for restoration through Preservation NC and you can read more about it, as well as access its National Register nomination and see a time-lapse video of the move, by clicking here.

The Cellar Plantation – Enfield

The Cellar Plantation, a late Georgian home built around the beginning of the nineteenth century, was built for the prominent Branch family whom includes a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, a NC governor, United States Senator, and presidential cabinet member.  It was visited by Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 where it is rumored he gave a speech from the second floor balcony. This home is also available through Preservation NC’s Endangered Properties Program, and you can read more about it, as well as access its National Register nomination, by clicking here.

The Hoehns House – Clemmons

“Philip Hoehns (now Hanes) probably constructed this important two-story brick house near Clemmons in the late eighteenth century….Hoehns married Susannah Frye in 1778 and they became members of the Moravian congregation at Hope.  The Philip Hoehns House featured interior end chimneys and a three-room plan on the first floor.  Fireplaces have arched openings and high molded mantel shelves typical of early Moravian architecture….” From Gwynne Taylor’s “From Frontier to Factory: An Architectural History of Forsyth County.”  The home is currently undergoing an extensive restoration for use as a private residence.


The Contest:

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest!  Please stay tuned for updates on the lucky winner!

To enter the contest, please either fill out this online form, or mail in the pdf,  before May 25.  Whoever guesses the dates of the three houses in correct order and closest to the actual dendro-verified date of the houses will win a wonderful weekend getaway to Winston-Salem!  The prize package, valued at over $500, includes:

The winner will be notified at the end of May. Only one entry per person.  Questions? Contact Lauren Werner at 919-832-3652 x 238

We would like to extend a special thanks to the Historic Brookstown Inn, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, and the Salem Tavern!