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NY fort gets grant to study old building's history

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) -- A historic site in the eastern Adirondacks has received a grant to support research on a nearly two-century-old building using analysis of the wood used in its construction.

Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say money from The Perkin Fund which will be used for dendrochronological research on the 19th-century Pell Pavilion.

Dendrochronology is a method of estimating tree age by studying growth rings.

Pine and hemlock samples were analyzed in a laboratory after being taken recently from the wood used to construct the building.

Fort officials say the information gained from the research will help reveal how the structure evolved since the early 19th century.

Research shows that sections of the building contained wood framing dating from the 1750s, and even as early as the 1690s.
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