“…and all the improvements thereon”
Reading Historic Alterations in the Frame Dwellings of Monmouth County
Archives Week Seminar at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan
October 17, 1:00-2:30pm
Presenter: Kristen Norbut
Houses from the first century of European development in Monmouth County were generally timber framed 1 ½ story dwellings. As settlements evolved, landowners regularly improved existing structures with additions, to the effect that many of the county’s oldest extant houses appear very different than they would have when first erected. There are many signs historians can use to help date a building, from stylistic elements and structural signifiers, to dendrochronology and archaeological research. This study reviews these methods while looking at some of the most common expansion patterns in Monmouth County architecture to allow for a better visualization of these buildings as they once appeared.
Kristen Norbut is a Monmouth County native from Aberdeen Township, and an alumnus of Matawan Regional High School. She studied Early American History and Cultural Anthropology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As an archaeological field director, Norbut worked on a wide-variety of historic sites throughout the mid-Atlantic. She returned to county in 2016 to attend Monmouth University, where she recently obtained a master’s degree in Anthropology. Norbut joined the Monmouth County Park System earlier this year as a Historic Preservation Specialist, where her love of history meets a passion for the outdoors and working with the community.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Buildings in Monmouth: Stories and Styles, on view through the month of October on the main floor of the Monmouth County Library HQ in Manalapan and on the lower level through summer 2019.
For a preliminary program listing all Archives Week 2018 events, including Archives and History Day on October 13, at which Kristen Norbut will participate in a History Forum about the exhibit, please click here.