A largely intact joiners’ shop from the 18th century has recently been “discovered” at the Berrybrook School in Duxbury, Mass. I put the word discovered in quotation marks, because it has been in use as a storage shed, so while it wasn’t exactly missing, it was only recently that the building was recognized for what it is.
An article on the find recently appeared in The Boston Globe – so I’ll refer you there for more. But the first person I know of to write about it in the woodworking world (months ago, in fact) is Peter Follansbee – and I stole the picture above from his blog, where you’ll find much more, including lots of pictures.
J. Ritchie Garrison, the director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware, is spearheading the project, and in an e-mail he told me research is just getting underway, and he plans to “convene a group to discuss how best to preserve the building.”