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Originally built about 1850 in the historic Mohawk Valley of New York State, the Reese Brothers Barn is an unusual example of the transformation that took place in American agriculture during the Industrial Revolution of the mid-nineteenth century. Before this period of time, American farmers grew varied and diverse crops. But with the advent of the Industrial Revolution and its accompanying mass marketing, farmers began to specialize in the crops they raised. The architecture of their barns also became specialized, which led to larger barns like this one, with innovative farming to allow for larger clear spans.
The timbers were hewn by hand with the broad axe and adze from massive virgin hemlock trees. They were then joined together using the ancient method of mortise and tenon joinery. Its unique and innovative truss sytem allowed for forty-foot-long spans under which the Reese Brothers could store enormous amounts of loose hay.
In 2000 the barn was carefully dismantled and restored at the 10XXX Ranch to its original condition by Joe and Connie Mitchell. It represents one of the finest examples of 19th century American architecture, now preserved for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.