The Timber Framers Guild is pleased to announce a regional meeting in Strafford, Vermont, on September 9 and 10, 2017. Strafford's “village of the white meeting house,” now known as simply “the upper village,” is a special place. Without a main through road (or “not on the way to anywhere”), the village has maintained a unique Vermont feel, not least for its historic architecture. The Strafford Town House (1799) and the common – surrounded by many interesting historic homes, one other church. and the Justin Morrill homestead – comprise our historic district and will be the main site for this early fall event.
In partnership with the Strafford Historical Society and the Town House Advisory Group, our group will convene on Saturday morning at the Strafford Town House where we'll tour the awesome roof truss work and tower framing. Speakers will discuss the building's history, its framing, and the continuing effort to keep it in good health. A major overhaul planned for the lantern and spire will be discussed, and a new catwalk and lighting within the attic will be dedicated to Ed Levin, who knew this building well and left a lasting impression on many in the community.
Also on Saturday will be a walking tour of the village, with several other attics to crawl into, and we may drive to visit the 10-sided Robinson round barn (1910). We'll hang out on the common and put finishing touches on a small cow shed, which will be mostly scribe built and with an emphasis on good geometric layout methods.
On Sunday, we'll truck the small frame to South Strafford village and raise it by hand and gin pole. There also will be the opportunity on Sunday to tour yet more meeting house attics, as well as the newly built 60' diameter clear span riding arena featured in Timber Framing 123.
Cost for the weekend will be kept to a minimum, as yet to be decided for sure. Free camping will be provided in town. Otherwise, there are several Airbnb and traditional B&B options available close by, or regular hotel accommodations within a 25-minute drive. Food will be provided by a number of generous local farmers and bakers, and the Strafford Organic Creamery....we won't want for delicious eats!
So mark your calendar for September 9, and join us in Strafford to celebrate the harvest season, timber frame camaraderie, and great historic architecture. Contact Megan Starr in the Guild office and get your name on the list!