what a book!
You say "Mid-Atlantic," so I am assuming somewhere around MD, VA,NC? Up here in NYC, I know that a lot of salvage places sell reclaimed lumber from water storage tanks which they refer to as Alaskan Yellow Cedar. I have not purchased or seen this lumber milled myself, but the unmilled stock looks identical to the pieces in your bottom photo. Alaskan Yellow Cedar can best be described as "cedar-like", while truly a member of the cypress family. Perhaps this is why it's missing some of the characteristics you are expecting!
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