Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just How Old is the Harris Cabin?

In an attempt to more firmly establish the construction date of the Harris Cabin, experts were brought in from Hanover College to perform dendrochronological tests. Sixty-five core samples were taken and analyzed. Test results supported the suspected date of the cabin's origins, with a harvest date of the timber being determined as 1821-1822.

Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating, is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings, also known as growth rings.

(October 2010) Darin Rubino, associate professor of biology at Hanover College taking core samples for a study to determine age of timber used in construction of cabin. Local boy scouts looking on watched the process unfold. 

(October 2010) Under the guidance of teacher Jeremy Baney, the South Dearborn High School film class helped create a documentary for Hillforest to showcase the restoration process.

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