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1840s Pine & Hemlock River Raft Boards
These boards are circa 1840 River Raft Boards, cut from pine and hemlock raft logs that were made to transport mass amounts of cargo to towns down river in the York Valley of Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. The rafts were sawn into these boards after their one way trip down river.
The 2.5″ pilot hole seen on the ends of some boards are there from the raft logs being hand drilled in order to accept the heavy ropes, which tethered the logs together. The boards are always the highest quality, due to the raft logs being chosen as the highest quality to protect the cargo from sinking from a lower quality log snapping.
20-50 men would live on the rafts for weeks at a time as they loaded and unloaded cargo at several stops on their journey down river to their final destination, the rivers edge sawmill. The men who rode the raft down river, would load and unload cargo, but they would also protect the loads from raids by Indians or renegade gangs. They received their payment by disassembling the rafts and turning the logs over to the sawmill. Then they would ride back home up river on their horses, which also rode on the huge approximately 100’x300′ rafts with the men.
White Oak Logs from Deconstructed Barn
These White Oak logs are from the same barn that had the River Raft Boards. The difference is the White Oak logs and frame timbers actually rode on the raft down river, on top of the logs that made the river raft boards.
Oak was too heavy and cumbersome for transport in round form. The pine, being long straight, easily stackable, and much lighter, were often shipped to Mills, and in this case, used as raft timbers, which ended up at the sawmills also.
Most farmers waited till after the Civil War to build their new barns and homes. They didn’t know before and during the war which side would win.
Built less than 5 miles away from the river, barn packages that were ordered were rarely shipped and built more than 10 miles from a river used to ship cargo.This barn was built 20′ off a main road. When buying a professionally done barn package, it had to be picked up beside the river, placed on a wooden cart, and pulled by way of mule power to its destination. The farmer in essence, paid a deposit on a new barn pack at a sawmill, beside the river, when it was done to his specs, and arrived at his pickup point, he would make several trips over a week’s time to bring the package home. Other items that would have been included are: a keg of nails, pails of paint, and the roof slate.
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