Category Archives: 1821 Brick Bank Barn Restoration

Oatlands Guest Blogger on this past weekend’s flurry of events at Oatlands

Oatlands’ Board member, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter Doug Miller contributed this piece!  Thank you Doug! The Harvest Festival at Oatlands on Sunday, October 22 provided many reminders of what a vibrant and productive farm Oatlands used to be.  Visitors could … Continue reading

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Oatlands’ Carter Barn…Progress and photos

As Oatlands continues work on the circa 1821 brick bank barn restoration, we are putting archeology aside for the winter and focusing on some needed interior repairs.The flooring in the barn has aged well for the most part, but there … Continue reading

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Oatlands Archeology Update for October 13

Interesting stuff today…an intersecting wall that might be the south exterior wall of an original barn structure, and a three-foot deep footing for a brick pier in a pole barn.  It will take more research and probably more digs to … Continue reading

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October 11 Archeology Update…

Digs are happening on the east and south sides of the remaining barn structure at Oatlands.  The remaining barn structure is a rare brick bank barn, meaning that the building is built into a hillside.  It dates from 1821.  On … Continue reading

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Another round of archeology began this morning at Oatlands’ circa 1821 barn

An archeology team is here this week to do more digging around Oatlands’ 1821 brick bank barn.  We are hoping to find clues to the original wall locations of a large barn building that burned adjacent to the building that survives.  … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation–The First Emancipator

Since we began this blog, our most asked questions have been about slave history at Oatlands.  I’ve just finished reading The First Emancipator by Andrew Levy and I have to recommend this book wholeheartedly.  This is the story of Robert Carter … Continue reading

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Built to last of organic materials

We had an expert here at Oatlands today to examine our 1821 brick bank barn and stone ice house, along with the area around it, for toxic or dangerous chemicals.  She was looking in particular for asbestos, lead paint, buried … Continue reading

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