The term 'post-industrial' first gained wide currency
in 1976 upon publication of Daniel Bell’s influential
book, The Coming of Post-industrial Society . In
recent years it has entered the popular lexicon, and is
frequently bandied about in both the popular media and
in academic circles.
Hewison views the rise of the new heritage consciousness
with unmitigated alarm. For him it is little more than
an elitist gambit mobilized for deeply conservative aims
and as a crass marketing tool. Several recent works have
challenged, or at least softened, this negative view.
David Lowenthal (1996) offers a more balanced assessment
which recognizes that the modern yearning for tradition,
though possessing a dark side, is not solely market driven,
nor is it linked to a single political ideology or class
interest. In this he follows Raphael Samuel (1996), who
has cautioned against ‘heritage-baiting’, and has argued
for a popular vision of heritage.
The exact date of construction of the building is
unknown. Recent analysis of construction details and techniques,
conducted by the NPS, suggests a construction date of
ca. 1834 (Cultural Resources Center 1993). This data,
in conjunction with a review of previously gathered historical
documentation and historic fabric analysis, has led Historic
architect Bonnie Mueller (DSC) to conclude that the likely
date of construction for the structure is 1834 (Mueller
1993), rather than 1831, a date arrived at by a previous
investigator (Toogood 1972:2).