Some 1600s construction methods used in recreating the Alexander Knight House:
Trees: New England builders chose white oak because
of its strength and resistance to rot.
Frame: Jowled posts, girts, and braces were fitted to form an end wall. Plates, studs, joists, principal
rafters, and purlins could then be pegged in place to
complete the frame.
Roof: Steep pitches were necessary for thatched roofs and provided more loft space.
Sheathing: Horizontal boards, nailed to the frame, kept out harsh weather.
Hardware: Wrought iron thumb latches, hinges, and nails were forged locally.
Chimney: Built of “wattle and daub” (riven oak and clay).