Material from the John Felty Barn located in Hunterstown, PA

Antique Chestnut

widths 3" - 7"
Off the bandsaw.

Why suffer 25% waste factor

for chestnut off the bandsaw?

Centre Mills offers only a 7% waste factor!

Antique Chestnut

widths 2" - 7"
manufactured, T & G, milled

(TM) Antique

"Naturally Timeworn Stressed" Chestnut

widths 3" - 9"
manufactured, T &G, milled

Antique Oak

widths 5" - 12"
manufactured, T &G, milled

(TM) Antique

"Naturally Timeworn Stressed"


widths 3" - 9"
manufactured, T &G, milled

Antique White Pine

widths 3" - 8"
manufactured, T &G, milled

Antique White Pine

widths 9" - 14"
manufactured, T &G, milled

Antique Fir

up to 18' long
manufactured, T &G, milled



Chestnut Box Beams

Heart Pine Grades

(all dry kilned)

Clear Vertical

widths 2 1/2" - 3 1/2"
Authoritatively royal, the choice of

English Queen Henrietta Maria for her husband King Charles I, pure rift sawn,

no knots, minimum of 6 growth rings

per inch, price according

to growth rings

Select Clear

widths 3" - 5"
Princely and sophisticated,

minimum of knots, some flat sawn,

in demand by the cabinet maker,

for furniture reproduction and many restoration projects

Select Cabin

widths 3" - 5"
stately, noble,

impressively elegant,

60% vertical, 40% plain sawn,

some knots, more readily available


Random widths, sometimes wider than 11"
For the diplomat's second floor,

demanding of foreign footsteps,

combining re-sawn and salvaged

native Pennsylvania and Maryland

yellow pine, the pride of

William Penn and Cecilius Calvert

Hand-hewn Chestnut Oak Beams

These two clearly show a glimpse of the undercarriage of the John Felty barn that was once located on the south end of Hunterstown, Pennsylvania. Centre Mills today maintains ownership of the wide oak barn planks that once rested on top of the carrier beams here displayed. On the 2nd of July 1863, George Armstong Custer ordered his 6th and 7th Michigan cavalries to dismount and take position in this barn. The 6th & 7th were Custer's best marksmen. It was their responsibility to hide in this barn and eventually to ambush Wade Hampton and his South Carolina regiment, which they did. The footprints of Custer's 6th & 7th Mi. cavalries, at least the memory of those footprints, remain on these planks. Centre  Mills is determined to keep these planks in Adams County. The planks are displayed in the above photos under rubber tarps.
Today, stored at Centre Mills, is a pile of the noticeable carrier beams (one can see how the sleepers were morticed into the stringers) that match the photos above showing the undercarriage of the Felty barn, which was built in the late 1850's. Proof is available and newspaper articles can be provided that give evidence that Centre  Mills not only razed this Felty barn, but also has saved for posterity its cherishable, embellished with history, wide, oak barn planks.