This barn sits on a hill overlooking the mighty Connecticut River Valley and is witness to the growing and harvesting of hundreds of acres of corn, hay, pumpkins, fiddleheads and other diverse crops.
For over 200 years this barn has seen many changes and been well used.
It now has a small herd of Dexter cattle that take shelter in it on rainy, bitter cold days.
From a mile away the barn still looks large. I estimate that it is over 300 feet long.
It was once a very active dairy barn in its day.
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Such a majestic old barn, built by settlers and pioneers to this valley 2 centuries ago.
The hand hewn beams and siding were cut from the woodlot that once surrounded it.
The land of this farm has suffered the land acquisition by railroad, highway and tax lots.
But the biggest loss will be this barn when the rain rotted beams start to collapse on each other.
Note the big wet spot on the side of this barn.
The roof on this side still looks good.
But age and lack of repair are starting to take its toll.
I drove up the highway on the front side of the barn to get a closer look at the water damage.
As I got closer, it got worse. I saw where the beams are already buckling over the windows.
With no place to pull over I did some drive by clicking.
Front looks good.
I plan on going back in better weather and somehow walking over to the front and the "other side" of the barn, where the cows are.
It is a narrow road with no where to pull over, so I will have to find a willing volunteer to drive by and drop me off.
Well worth it to document this classic barn before it falls to the ground.