14 days, 22 hours, 1 minutes, 48 secs left until Barn Day on Saturday, 8th July, 2017
Barn Day generally falls on the Second Sunday of July month and it is enjoyed with horses, cows, cowboys and cowgirls all crowding round the teapot!
The rural barn presents an image of community spirit. Majority of farmers build their barns prior to building their houses, so these farm families consider their old barns as links with their past. Old barns are often community landmarks. Such buildings manifest ethnic traditions and local rituals; they showcase changing farming practices and developments in building technology.
George Washington possessed a round barn. In 1826 the Shaker community at Hancock, Massachusetts, erected round barn that obtained immense publicity. In spite of these examples, round barns were not erected in great numbers until the 1880s, when agricultural colleges and experiment centers taught progressive farming technologies driven by models of industrial efficiency. From this time until well into the 1920s, round barns were seen appeared on farms throughout the country, flourishing especially in the Midwest. A peak roof manifesting above a hayloft opening is largely associated with barns. Late in the nineteenth century, the prevalence of the gambrel roof enhanced the storage capacity of the haymow.
The first barns built in US were of Dutch communities of Mohawk, Schoharie, and Hudson, valleys in New York State and other communities of New Jersey. On the exterior, the most remarkable feature of the Dutch barn is the broad gable roof, which stretched very low to the ground.
The bank barn took its name from an easy and skillful construction technique: the barn is built into the side of a hill, hence allowing two levels to be constructed from the ground. The lower level accommodated animals; the upper level was used as threshing floor and storage purposes. The overall construction of the bank barn was same whether it was constructed into a hillside or not.
Crib barns are more significant in American agriculture. These are particularly witnessed in the Ozark and Appalachian mountain states of Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas. Consists simply of one, two, four or often six cribs that functioned as storage for fodder or pens for pigs and cattle, crib barns were generally built of un-chinked logs, although they were often covered with straight wood siding. The rustic outlook of crib barns is one of their most specific features.