Dating Old Houses is Topic of November 3 Talk

Anthropologist and engaging speaker Richard Veit, Ph.D., talks about These Old Houses: An Introduction to Tree-Ring Dating and Other Methods for Dating Historic Structures on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 pm at Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church, 43 Lower Landsdown Road in Franklin Township.  If using GPS, enter Annandale as the town.

Rural Awareness, Inc., a non-profit civic group dedicated to preserving Franklin Township’s rich history and rural character, sponsors the free Speaker Series program.  No reservations are required. Lightrefreshments are served.


Dr. Veit’s well illustrated presentation looks at New Jersey’s historic architecture, its styles, history, and construction techniques. Particular attention is paid to the dating of historic houses using tree-ring dating. This archaeological technique is providing considerable new information about historic structures across the state and has the potential to rewrite New Jersey’s architectural history. The talk includes some historic houses in Hunterdon.

Richard Veit is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Monmouth University. He received Monmouth’s Donald Warnecke Award for outstanding university service in 2012 and was awarded the University’s distinguished teacher award in 2007. He teaches courses on archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans, and historic preservation. He received his BA from Drew University, his MA in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Veit has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and six books.

The next Rural Awareness-sponsored Speaker Series program will be on March 2, 2017, when Tom Sheppard, Hunterdon County Chief Park Naturalist, talks about New Jersey Black Bears. Call 908.735.4271 with questions.