In 1787 Richard Bennehan opened a store at Stagville, near Durham, North Carolina. Somewhere between 1788 and 1790, he built a small, 24ft x 16ft house which later became the wing of a larger structure. A kitchen, smokehouse, milkhouse, and several cabins where slaves lived were constructed during this same period. A blacksmith shop was added in the late 1790s.
During the 1990s I ran a number of week-long courses dealing with historic paint, its manufacture and analysis for old house enthusiasts and museum curators.
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