in Lifestyle Love It Americas oldest lumber. by JasonsWorld February 2, 2018, 10:05 am 80 Views 7 Votes 6 Comments Share Tweet Pin This sill plate had been reclaimed from the very first tobacco drying barns on the colonial Eastern Shore Virginia. They were reused in the early 1700’s to build one of the grandest still standing homes in Eastville Va. ~ Selma House Read LaterAdd to FavouritesAdd to CollectionReport What do you think? 7 points Upvote Downvote Share Tweet PinHistory Written by JasonsWorld 6 Comments Leave a Reply It’s good when there are stories that we can tell others about. Log in to Reply What a cool piece of history. Thanks for sharing with us. 1 Log in to Reply Interesting! I’d love to see more of the Selma House and learn more about its history 😉 Log in to Reply There are many historical records of the place. It was Originally built by Isaac Smith around 1743. The records indicate he demolished existing “old” tobacco drying barns from the property, and in doing so re-used all he could, which was a necessity in those days, Lumber was very valuable, and their were very few mills operating in Northampton County at the time. These barns were the only structures on the Shore for awhile, when the only settlers here set up work encampments, to farm, timber, and set up salt rendering. The current Owners are wonderful people, but value their privacy, hence the estate not being on the local Historic Garden Tour. 1 Log in to Reply Very cool! Thanks again, Jason! 1 Log in to Reply The southwest corner sills of the home unfortunately had to be replaced, when what remained of them after supporting the home were removed, the former life they lived was exposed by the unused tenon pockets, and layout markings. 2 Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.