A Brief History of Heart Pine
It started with a ship’s mast. Tall. Straight. Strong. Majestic golden timbers masted tall ships like the Alfred, built in Philadelphia in 1774. Her entrance into the Continental Navy in 1776 marked the beginning of a fighting fleet, helping to win the American Revolution as the colonists fought for their freedom. A century later, heart pine framed the factories that epitomized the Industrial Revolution until steel eclipsed it as the strongest building material in 1849. By then, heart pine was near extinction.
Today, however, these rare trees are cultivated on carefully managed land, where they grow straight, strong, and magnificent—just as they did centuries ago.