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Fortunately, once the demolition started evidence for how the stair was constructed and trimmed slowly came to light.  Construction details were found on the girt that framed the north side of the stair.  In this instance a plaster ghost and header mortise were found that revealed exactly where the stair well ended in ca. 1764.


Plaster ghosts on the ca. 1764 Stair's Girt.  The stair's ca. 1764 stringboard once occupied the space between the timber stair header found to the extreme left in the photo and start of the tan colored plaster ghosts.