Jan and John Maggs Antiques
THE RESTORATION OF JABEZ NEWHALL’S TAVERN
CHAPTER 4 -- NEW FOUNDATIONS AND CHIMNEYS -- p. 1
RAISING THE HOUSE FROM THE GROUND
For two centuries our house had been supported by the most minimal of foundations. Only the southeast corner rested on huge 18th-century foundation stones, while the remainder was precariously perched atop the most makeshift arrangements. We were excited to discover that the dimensions of this old stone foundation perfectly matched those of the small cape which was now behind the front center chimney house, strongly suggesting, if not proving, that the 1760's cape had once occupied this foundation and was rolled back to make room for the more modern (1780's) center chimney structure.
Several piles of bricks and fieldstone elevated the sills slightly but, without footings or below-grade masonry, the house was essentially sitting on the ground. We jacked from inside--a terrifying procedure for two novices,.....
hired an excavator to remove the dirt from around the house,....
and then poured footings.