Friday, April 10, 2009

Scotchtown Gates et al

After two weeks of shuffling offices and furniture at Cole-Digges, the Restoration Dept. started the manufacture of the Scotchtown gates in earnest. The picture shows the 12 middle posts mortised. The taller end posts have yet to be done. This work took one man almost a week to perform.

The dept. also reset the the fence and brick edging, backfilled the stump hole and resurfaced the stone dust pathway following the removal of a walnut tree by the East corner of Smiths Fort Plantation in Surry. The walnut was in declining health and was a real threat to the house. Tom Forehand, the site administrator, had the usable part of the wood sawn for the purpose of making and selling reproduction furniture at the plantation.