The original barn Fall 1983


This is what the barn, or technically the tobacco shed, looked like when we bought it. The roof on the south side was okay, but the north side was a patchwork mess of newsprint metal, slate, rolled roofing, etc.

But the roof didn't leak and the frame was structurally sound. And with 7 bents (sections of barn) it was big enough. As we worked on the inside, it was obvious that the barn was composed of 3 sections, the first eastern ones of a piece and the 2 western ones added at different times.

Due to erosion, the barn stood at least 2' higher than the planted areas. And there still was about 2' of topsoil left in those areas.

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