Broad Term(s):


‘An artificer in wood’ (Johnson); as distinguished from a joiner, cabinet-maker, etc., one who does the heavier and stronger work in wood, as the framework of houses, ships, etc.




John Askew was a carpenter and joiner who worked for GW from 1759 to 1767.

Going Lanphier (1727-1813) was a carpenter, joiner, and housebuilder from Alexandria whom GW hired in 1759 to add a story to his house at Mount Vernon. Lanphier also performed some small tasks for ... Read More

Joseph Rakestraw (c.1732-1794) was a Philadelphia carpenter. He was listed in that city's 1793 directory as a "house carpenter" at "138, Mulberry St." (James Hardie, The Philadelphia Directory ... Read More

Benjamin Buckler of Maryland removed to Fairfax County, Va., at some point before 25 Feb. 1771, at which time he entered into an agreement with GW to work as a carpenter and to perform other types ... Read More

In July 1768 Jonathan Palmer was hired by the day as a harvester of hay and grain. However, on 30 Aug. 1768 GW agreed with Palmer for him “to come and Work with my Carpenters; either at their ... Read More

On 8 Feb. 1773 GW signed a one-year agreement with Caleb Stone, of Prince William County, Va., as overseer of his slave carpenters. Stone worked as a carpenter at Mount Vernon until 1776.

Thomas Green worked at Mount Vernon at least since 1783. He was employed first as a joiner and later as overseer of the plantation carpenters. GW accused Green of misconduct, which included ... Read More

John Patterson (d. 1768) was the joiner and master carpenter who did extensive work on the house at Mount Vernon in the summer and early fall of 1758.

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