Hey Barn lovers

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by chicken stalker, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Well I have spent many hours looking at historic barns over the years and I am yet to determine the exact (decade?) age and type of historic barn I own. I love my barn even though it is getting pretty run down....the plan is this year to put a roof on (come on tax refund! [​IMG]

    How old and what type....I have my guesses but I want to see what others think first.


  2. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Beautiful barn! I can't help with age though.
  3. that's not a barn...that's the house from "Little House on the Prairie"....lol

    actually it does look like there house and barn a little...

    I would venture to guess from that time frame???? who knows I could be completely wrong though...

    very very cute, cozy and homey in my opinion....
  4. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    I know that this is really dumb but looking at the door it looks like a cross. Is it possible When it was built It could have been used as a church on that top level? There may be county records of churches. Just a thought. [​IMG] Micah
  5. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    Quote:no way...it's the Olsen's ice shack that the mean Nellie locked who was it? Albert in?

  6. [​IMG] It's adorable in a barn-y kind of way! [​IMG]
  7. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Quote:Actually we found that door in the barn and put on...it's upside down because the one side was rotten. The top door is suppose to be a slider just like the lower large door. I found the metal slider parts inside hiding in the corner. Some day it will be a slider again.

    As for other features in the barn. The upper lever has a small hatch in the floor and there is a old wood screw vise secured to the floor.
  8. Yotta Yotta

    Yotta Yotta In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2008
    Madison AL
    I don't know anything about barns...but I thought it was kind of weird that they built it up a hill rather than on flat ground. I did a very little bit of research (because it's the middle of the night and i'm getting tired!) but it almost seems like you've got a tiny version of this kind of barn: a Bank Barn. I stole this from one of the websites:

    Bank Barns
    The bank barn gets its name from a simple but clever construction technique:the barn is built into the side of a hill, thus permitting two levels to be entered from the ground.
    The lower level housed animals, the upper levels served as threshing floor and storage. The hillside entrance gave easy access to wagons bearing wheat or hay. (Fodder could also be dropped through openings in the floor to the stabling floor below.)
    The general form of the bank barn remained the same whether it was built into a hillside or not. Where a hill was lacking, a "bank" was often created by building up an earthen ramp to the second level.
    Bank barns were ordinarily constructed with their long side, or axis,parallel to the hill, and odn the south side of it. This placement gave animals a sunny spot in which to gather during ddr. To take further advantage of the protection its location afforded, the second floor was extended, or cantilevered, over the first. The overhang sheltered animals from inclement weather.
    The extended fore bay thus created is one of the most characteristic features of these barns. In some bank barns, the projecting beams were not large enough to bear the entire weight of the barn above.In these cases, columns or posts were added beneath the overhang for structural support.
    In the earliest examples of bank barns narrow-end side walls are frequently stone or brick, with openings for ventilation. (Since "curing"green hay can generate enough heat to start a fire through spontaneous combustion, adequate ventilation in barns is vital.)

    I tried looking up pictures of this kind of barn but all of the pictures I find are of really huge barns. I guess the type of barn would depend hugely on it's purpose...what kind of farming is NY known for? In the end it's probably just some farmers special unique brand of architecture. [​IMG]
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I can't add any info although that last post was packed with it - way to go. I just had to say that it is beautiful and you are very lucky to have a piece of history like that.

  10. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    It truly is beautiful. I only wish it were in my yard!

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