Saturday, March 20, 2010

The House That Gamble Built

DawnTreader your first guess was correct. this contraption is a Match, that is what the docent told us. She said it is a piece of lighter wood and it is wedged in this piece of iron, with wood to hold it with. In a home the size of this one, their would be many, many candles to light and this was the safest way to do it.
the homes were lit by candelabra and chandelier. think about how many matches it would use up to light just one. This was also used to light oil burning lamps.

by looking at this home, would you think it was made with bricks like the one below?

this is a Tabby brick and is what this lovely home is built from.
Tabby, a mixture of oyster shells, lime, sand, and water, was found throughout the southern Atlantic Coast plantations as an inexpensive building material

Original tabby was made from a mix of slurry of water, homemade lime, local sand, and oyster shells. Occasionally, aggregates of broken glass, brick or other similar products were added. The mixture was poured into a wooden form or rectangular bottomless cradle made of finished boards approximately two inches thick.  The sides were held in place by dovetailed braces. The tabby was tamped and leveled by hand.
Round pins set at regular intervals held the cradle in place during the entire process. The tabby air-dried in its cradle for two to three days. After it hardened, the form and pins were removed and placed atop the first pour or “round” for subsequent rounds, thus building a wall in a layer-like fashion. The finished wall was then brushed with a broom before stucco or whitewash was applied

It took six long years to build this mansion, but it still stands today after 167 years. I don't think the houses we build now will last that long, do you?
Can you guess what this is? it is the subject for tomorrows blog. Also made from Tabby. I must tell you, i said yesterday I only had one more blog from my day trip. WRONG. I think I have THREE more. We shall see what we shall SEE


Philothea Designs said...

It is so neat how your blogs tell a story. I really like that! By the way, there is now software that will pull your blog posts and convert them into book format. In case you ever might like to do that. It just takes a couple clicks and bam - you have a book. LOL Cool, huh.

George said...

We saw many tabby structures when we were in South Carolina and Georgia a couple of years ago. It's amazing how well those structures have lasted. Thanks for the description of the building process -- I didn't know that.

Ginny said...

I learned a lot from this today, and it was quite painless. What a deal about the tabby! For today's guess, I just don't have a clue! I'm thinking maybe something that water goes into for some purpose, there would likely have to be a drain hole somewhere. But I'm probably "all wet" on this one!

Madeline said...

Great blog. Interesting. I have missed looking at your blogs. Keep snapping and keeping us informed. Love it!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandra, I know about TABBY... When we visited St. Simon's Island in GA, we visited an old plantation --where we got alot of the same info... VERY interesting.

Those are definitely ruins from something there at the plantation... Could it be part of the old sugar mill??? Or--did they restore that????

Have a great Saturday?

SquirrelQueen said...

I have seen the tabby structures while living in the south but you includes some details I had missed. I really enjoy reading about the old plantations. Great photos Sandra.

We were away all weekend and I'm finally getting caught up on things around the house.