Dendrochronology Dates La Pointe-Krebs House to 1757

The LaPointe Krebs House. Currently under restoration. Image courtesy of the Sun Herald.

The LaPointe Krebs House. Currently under restoration. Image courtesy of the Sun Herald.

Back in February, Thomas Rosell reported that a team from the Dendrochronology Lab of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi was beginning a dendrochronology study of the de La Pointe-Krebs House, aka Old Spanish Fort, in Pascagoula. While the house has long been thought to be among the oldest European structures in the Mississippi Valley, its date of construction has been a point of contention, with dates ranging from c.1721 in the National Register nomination to the 1770s on the MDAH Historic Resources Database Fact Sheet, which says:

Thought to have been built by 1775, and perhaps as early as 1718, this is believed to be the oldest surviving building in Mississippi. It was enlarged about 1820. In the 1990s it underwent a substantial restoration to return it to its appearance as of about 1820.

But the good news is that the dendrochronology, which uses the rings of trees as a dating method, is now complete and according to first reports, it has cleared up the muddy waters and, even better, has moved the date back into the 1750s. The Sun-Herald says:

Also read more about this at Gulf Live blog and at the La Pointe Krebs House website, which I see has already been updated with its spiffy new date.


Categories: Pascagoula


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  1. The Lapointe Krebs Museum will be rededicated on Friday 01 July from 4 to 7 pm. The actual ribbon cutting will take place at 5 pm. The house itself is still under restoration and is not yet open to the public, but the work in progress can be viewed from a distance. After July 1, the museum will be open from 10 to 5 Tuesday thru Friday,Saturday from 10 to 3, or by special appointment.

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