Jean Baptiste Valle House

A "poteaux sur solle" house, built in 1794 by Jean Baptiste Valle.

 “Poteaux sur solle” meaning “posts on a sill” was the other method of construction for the vertical log houses.  Rather than being set directly into the ground, as in “poteaux en terre” construction, the posts were mounted on a sill plate.  The massive vertical posts were spaced about the same distance apart as they were wide (up to 12 to 14 inches, it looked like, in a different “poteaux sur solle” we visited) and the spaces were filled with “bouzillage”, a mixture of clay, grass, horse hair, and whatever else they had on hand, which was also spread on the posts, like plaster, and then whitewashed.

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