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Arlington's oldest surviving house

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Ball-Sellers House

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Floor and wall construction

Detail of construction from under main floor.

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Cellar detail

To construct his family’s cabin, he felled trees and hewed logs. He notched the logs and chinked the cracks with mud daubing.

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Log construction detail

An example of exposed lath behind the south entrance door.

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Plaster lathe detail

Roof construction

The rare oak clapboard roof over the south room is among only a few board roofs preserved in the nation. It is pictured here from inside the lean-to (the north room).

View of roof construction, looking east.

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Roof construction detail

View of roof construction looking west.

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Joists.

Roof construction detail with joists marked
Plate.

Rafters.

View of roof construction looking south.

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In the above view, you are looking up into the blue space between the orange and green rooflines in this picture:

The cellar might have provided storage for roots or other food.

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