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Americas oldest lumber.

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


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    • 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. 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.


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