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We’ve named it the Meadow Barn.
This beautifully kept timber frame barn, hailing all the way from Northern Indiana, was built amidst the prairies and the corn fields.
Throughout the winter, the barn was used to store hay. The 34 X 46 foot structure stood far from the farmhouse itself, but strategically within the fields so that the balers wouldn’t have to transport the hay too far. Come springtime, the farmers could come back for the hay.
Who Built This Beautiful Barn?
The timber frame was likely built by New England timber hewers. Around the same period, in the 1840s, New England was adapting to water-powered saw mills. This meant the demand for craftsmen, who were skilled in creating square timbers using only axes and adzes, was on the way out. So the hewers headed west for new opportunities.
What Makes This Barn So Remarkable?
While New Englanders had cut down most of the eastern hardwood trees and started building with soft woods like pine, hemlock and spruce, Northern Indiana offered forests rich with hard wood timber. This frame was built from beautiful, first-cut red and white oak, beech, black walnut and ash.
Wonderful White Oak Roof Boards
Because hard woods were still prevalent in Indiana, even the roof boards on this barn are hard wood. In fact, the white oak boards are so beautiful, the new owner could use them to make stunning flooring.
In the picture below, you can see the full length, hand hewn timbers.
The following picture showcases the soft, warm colors of the hardwood.
Standing the Test of Time – An Old Barn in Excellent Condition
The frame itself is in excellent condition, with straight lines that have stood up to over 165 years of grueling winters and winds in the mid-western plains.
Spacious and sturdy, this frame offers an expansive 1560 square feet of space, with the option for a second floor. We could easily add in a loft system in the rafters.
This barn frame could become a great room or a complete home. It could also become a restored barn, restaurant, studio or vintage vehicle storage.
Want to Call This Beautiful Frame Your Own?
Give us a call at (802) 774.8972 or email Luke@GreenMountainTimberFrames.com