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Give Me Liberty: 1935

Give Me Liberty: 1935

1935. "Scotchtown, Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam, Hanover County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1698. Related names: Miss Sally Taylor. Built by a Scotsman named Chiswell. Once the home of Patrick Henry and Dolly Madison." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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Half-hipped roof.

I would have called it a half-hipped roof.

And it did have some functional properties in some areas.

It did reduce the wind loads on large exposed gables. As some people had to find out the hard way when they replaced the half hip by a full gable to more usable space and lighting in the attic during remodeling. And their new full gable caved in during a storm.

Jerkinhead roof detail

When roofs were thatched in England and Europe the tip of the gable was lopped off to weave the thatch around the corner. This building is a sort of homage to that look as it is mostly decorative. The term has been dropped from most dictionaries.

When it's built by a Scotsman

Have nice trip, see you next fall

Something very unfinished-looking about stairs with no handrails. I'm sure it was common, but the combination of no handrails and no lights seems like an accident waiting to happen.

Still there!

Now disputed whether Dolley Madison ever lived there.

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