This is why I wish I could take this house apart myself! This is what the contractor found today after taking down 70s paneling and ancient wallpaper - the '07 is 1907! The tax rolls say the house was built in 1915, but maybe it was earlier, or maybe it was re-used wood. Rector was the maiden name of the mom of the family that lived in the house throughout the 20th century.
Nitalynn the tax rolls of a town/city are not necessarily correct when it comes to the age of a house. I did a title search on my own home and because on a beam in the attic was penciled a name and date, I always thought that was a carpenter and the house built in 1914.
No, found out it was a cousin of the woman born here in 1908 and house built in l905.
If you have the time it is fun to do the title search.
Go to the county court house where the house is. On the deed it would have a number or something that refers to a book the house is in. Each sales transaction of the house will lead you backwards till you find when the house was built.
this is not difficult to do. Plus the people at the court house can guide you.
My house has only had 3 owners so simple to do.
More owners more work!
Another way to check is to look in old city directories (I think libraries still have them) Check out the address which will appear even if no one was interviewed for inclusion. In this case you could start backward and work forward.
Thanks, Emily. I think it was always owned by the same family. I am taking off work next week in order to keep an eye on the deconstruction, so maybe I'll have a chance to make a trip to the courthouse!
kw2 and Emily - since we are going to rebuild the house on a new infrastructure, we are not going to re-use every piece of wood exactly where it was before...so actually I HAD thought of framing, or otherwise displaying, those two boards