Homebuilding in Mathews County, the location of Blog Cabin 2011, tells a story of shipbuilding, shipwrights-turned-homebuilders, locally sourced materials and changes in construction methods precipitated by the Industrial Revolution.
By Lori DolnickMore in Blog Cabin
As the 20th century neared, a number of forces impacted homebuilding in the Mathews area. Industrialization and rail transportation facilitated the delivery of sawmill lumber. Carl Lounsbury, senior architectural historian at Colonial Williamsburg, explains: “Rails transported wood faster. That really marked the revolution in building the cheapness of transportation and transition away from locally produced materials.” On the eve of Blog Cabin’s construction and as the supply of local hand-hewn live oak dwindled, homebuilders shifted to other, more accessible, wood types milled out of state.
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