Timber Framing Demonstration to Take Place on Derby Wharf
Contact: Emily Murphy, 978-740-1691
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule the timber framing demonstration originally scheduled for September 6 and postponed due to weather. In addition to hosting an open house in the 1675 Narbonne House on September 6 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the National Park Service will welcome master carpenter James Whidden and architect Mathew Cummings to Derby Wharf. Cummings and Whidden will demonstrate traditional timber framing techniques at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. In addition to showing some of the ways that posts and beams were joined by colonial carpenters, Cummings and Whidden will talk about the work they have done on some of the most historically significant 17th- and 18th-century houses still standing on the North Shore.
Seventeenth Century Saturdays
About James Whidden and Mathew Cummings
Mathew Cumming has practiced architecture for 23 years. He is the lead architect for Cummings Architects, LLC in Ipswich, Mass. His many historic restoration/renovation projects include the Day-Dodge House (Ipswich, ca. 1737), White Horse Inn (Ipswich, ca. 1658), and Knowlton House(Ipswich, ca. 1725). He is a trustee of the Ipswich Historical Society, and a volunteer for the Boston Society of Architects. For more information about Mathew Cummings, visit www.cummingsarchitects.com.
In 2008, the Ipswich Historical Commission gave the prestigious Mary P. Conley Award for Historic Preservation to the ca. 1737 Day-Dodge House on Ipswich’s historically significant High Street. Mat and Jim choreographed the preservation and restoration of the house, and designed new spaces around the existing home to preserve the integrity of the exterior and interior spaces. Also in 2008, they were featured speakers at the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, and for the Newburyport Preservation Trust’s Preservation Week.
About Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Did You Know?
Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.