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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Argoll Yeardley

The home of Argoll Yeardley in Northampton County, Virginia contained a hall chamber, a hall, a parlor chamber, two small chambers next to the parlor, with a dairy and kitchen. The partitions in these early homes were first covered with a thick layer of tenacious mud and then whitewashed. Lime was made in large quantities from the oyster shells found in the soil or in the rivers.

Source: New Description of Virginia, p. 7; Records of Northampton County, original vol. 1654-1655, page 117.

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