The oldest house? Really? Tree rings strike again

Santa Fe’s oft-proclaimed “oldest inhabited home in the U.S.” may not even by the oldest house in Santa Fe, because tree rings!

The building at 215 E. De Vargas St., famously named “the oldest inhabited home in the U.S.” byHarper’s Weekly in 1879, may not even be the oldest in Santa Fe. Tree-ring testing appears to confirm the greater antiquity of the Arthur Boyle House, 650 feet east of the “Oldest House.”

Is there any problem tree rings cannot solve? To learn more, you should definitely buy my (old) book.

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