Reconstruction Drawing Based on Bennett Farm, York County, Virginia
"Virginia House" was a shorthand term for a highly successful, hybrid building system that spread throughout the region. It combined earthfast construction, simplified joinery and cladding for roofs and walls made of short lenths of split oak or chestnut clapboards sometimes waterproofed with a coating of pine tar. 
Drawing by Cary Carson, Willie Graham and Chinh Hoang, "New World, Real World: Improvising English Culture in Seventeenth-Century Virginia"
The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 74, ( FEB 2008 ), 57 
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