Reconstructing the Peyton Randolph Kitchen Covered Way Frame Raising
Photos of the various stages of the frame raising
The covered way was designed by architectural historians based on study of old structures and the archaeology done on the site.
On raising day, the heaviest framing timbers, the sills, are hauled to the foundation.
The sills are hoisted into place...
...and joined end-to-end with a "scarf" joint.
The west wall is raised into place.
Wooden pegs secure the mortice and tenon joints.
Pegging the door frame.
The east wall goes up, and the ceiling joists are installed across the span.
The rafters are secured at the feet with four-inch iron spikes.
The covered way is 44 feet long and 8 feet wide, connecting the kitchen and the house.
The frame for the covered way is complete.