Jan and John Maggs Antiques
THE RESTORATION OF JABEZ NEWHALL’S TAVERN
SPRING 1987 -- CLAPBOARDS AND PAINT -- p. 1
Driven by the needs of daily life, we had made considerable progress on the interior during the winter of 1986-87. Unfortunately, however, very few photographs were taken, and this phase of our endeavor is largely undocumented.
But as soon as temperature and snow melt permitted, we resumed work on the exterior. During the preceding summer and fall, as our work on the exterior had progressed, we had removed most of the house’s 18th century clapboards, saving hundreds of the original rose-headed hails. After scraping layers of cracked and peeling paint from each, we carefully stacked them, planning to cover as much of the front house as possible with period clapboards, while using new ones for the rear portions. Though we had managed to re-side some of the back house prior to winter, the bulk of the task remained for the months ahead.