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Historic Feature 1: Bank Barn

Simply a barn built into a hillside or bank that makes use of the difference in elevation on the front and back of the barn. The uphill side can access the second floor. The downhill side accesses the ground floor. Typically, cows were kept in the ground floor and hay stored above could be easily pitchforked down to the cow mangers.

Heritage-Barns-Bank-Barn-illustration

Historic Feature 2: Marriage Mark

Most often these chiseled markings appear as Roman numerals on barn beams. They were inscribed there in scribe-ruled barns as way for the joiner, or builder, to keep track of which beams went where as he moved them around. Adjacent beams would have the same number.

They were not always Roman numerals, but often a unique system of symbols worked out by an individual builder.

Marriage-Mark-in-a-latge-barn-home

 

Historic Feature 3: Dutch Barn

“The grandest and most elegant barns ever built in America.”
— John Fitchen, Architectural Historian

Explore the Story

 

Barn Profile
Originally Built circa 1780
  in FOnda, NY
Now Restored In Long Eddy, NY
Dimensions 42 x 77
  3234 sq. ft.
Largest Timber 9 x 12 x 12 Posts
Eave Height 21
Bank Barn Yes
Marriage Marks Yes
Wood Species Oak
Hand Hewn Yes