Sunday, August 1, 2021

Bank Barns and taped barn & farm talks

The Bank Barn was set into a hill to allow the horse and wagon to enter the upper story to unload the hay, which would be dropped to the lower floor to feed the cows, horses, etc, who could exit on that level through doors under the overhang.

The upper level entrance of a barn in Niantic, PA (back of the barn in first photo).
Although I love a Pennsylvania bank barn (my great grandfolks had one; it's still there but not farmed) an interesting ramp or "high-drive" could be built to the upper floor. This picture is of the Shaker barn in Enfield NH, built 1854.
Mar 24 2022 Thur 2:30-4 Experiential History project documenting old barns in the digital world. Hugh Fraser, Mim Martin, Randy Bagg. U of Guelph Rural History Roundtable HERE check for tape


There have been several talks on barns (always among my monthly search terms) with over 20 taped. Future taped talks will be added here by state or UK. Tapes on perservation after the states

AK Back Road Barns. Arkansas PBS TAPE HERE

CA That Farm Town, Los Angeles. Charles Perry. Culinary Historians of Southern California. Jan 9 HERE TAPE HERE

IA Corn Farming. history Leo Landis. Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

IA The Industrialization and Americanization of Midwesterners' Diets. “farm production became less diverse and more commercial. Highlighted artifacts … to explain how changes in farming, technology and culture have influenced the Iowa dinner plate. Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

IA When a Dream Dies: Agriculture, Iowa and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

IA Iowa’s County Fairs. Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

MA Plymouth Women and the Birth of the American Dairy Business. Earliest cows, dairy. Milk, Cheese, Butter. Archeology. David A. Furlow. Alden House Oc 29 2021 HERE TAPE HERE Terrific

MA Round Stone Barn. Hancock Shaker Village TAPE HERE

MD Commonwealth Farm - A Feminist Commune in Maryland. Sanctified Sisters of Colesville: The Hidden History of Commonwealth Farm with Julianne Mangin. Nov 2021 TAPE HERE

NC An Appalachian Farm & Barn Tour --Two Centuries of the Anderson Homeplace. Four barns spanning two centuries with "four architecture types… [3 log barns and one tobacco slat barn, thoroughly explained] in this iconic farmstead in the Mars Hill area just north of Asheville.” Taylor Barnhill. Appalachian Barn Alliance, NC. Tape can be rented thru Apr 30, [perhaps can still be 'rented' from the Alliance HERE] $5 Info and nice photos: HERE TAPE HERE

NC Appalachian Barn Alliance barns database HERE

NH The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns. “Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture.” John C. Porter author of Preserving Old Barns: Preventing The Loss Of A Valuable Resource. NH Humanities. Washington Historical Society Au 2021; HERE TAPE 2015 HERE

NH A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes. Adair Mulligan. HERE. May 2021 TAPE HERE Lyme NH survey project on stone walls, foundations, stone culverts... and cellar holes. Great talk and project. Website, forms HERE

New Eng Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn “how and why farmers in New England converted their homes and barns into connected farmsteads.” Author Thomas Hubka. 2018 TAPE HERE

NY Great Stone Barn, 1859 largest stone cattle barn in America, Shakers. Mount Lebanon. TAPE HERE

NY Grassroots Leviathan: Agricultural Reform and the Rural North in the Slaveholding Republic. by author Dr. Ariel Ron. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Sept 10 HERE TAPE HERE

NY The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science and Capitalism in the Antebellum North. NY 1800-1861 Emily Pawley. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Dec 10 HERE TAPE HERE

NY The Story of the Sayre Barn: A Symbol of Southampton Agriculture. “1739 and used during the Revolutionary war for stabling the horses of British troops…” Zachary Taylor. Southampton History Museum. May 2020 TAPE HERE

NY Life on the Farm: Legacies of Dutch Colonial Brooklyn. “use unique archival material to tell stories of colonial family life, slavery, and power, and the lasting legacies of colonial Brooklynites.” Educators 1.5 CTLE credits. Brooklyn Connections. Ap 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

OH An Architectural Heritage in Ohio’s Rural Landscape. “the traditional barn and house types found on Ohio farms.” Tom O’Grady. Friends of Ohio BarnsHERE TAPE HERE

OH Converting Living History into Living Space. 1810 barn. Ric Beck. Friends of Ohio Barns. Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

OH Barn Stewardship. Rudy Christian, Caleb Miller. Friends of Ohio Barns. Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

OH Farm News Before Facebook. “Gleanings from the Agricultural Press, 1830-1900” Steve Gordon. Friends of Ohio Barns. Apr 28 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

PA Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes. author Sally McMurry talk on myriad of aspects from before 1800 to current. State Library of Pennsylvania Jan 11 HERE. Terrific talk TAPE HERE

PA The Forebay Barn - Its Origin, Evolution, and Distribution in America. Ken Sandri. Monroe County Historical Association. Se 15 2022. Info & TAPE will be HERE

PA Preserving the Kauffman Farm: over 250 years of Pennsylvania German Agriculture. “a very well preserved farmstead in the Oley Valley… owned by the Kauffman family for 271 years.” now owned by non-profit. Jim Lewars. Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum May 2021 HERE Oley Valley Heritage Assn 2019 TAPE HERE

VA Our Historic Barns: An Agricultural Legacy. “Shenandoah County's historic barns and their impact on local agriculture.” John Adamson. Shenandoah County Historical Society TAPE HERE. Webpage with historic barns and barn map HERE

DC Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C book by Kim Prothro Williams. Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Nov 18 TAPE HERE


Ontario Barn Preservation HERE

Feb 1 Tue 7:30 Barn Raisings, threshing and quilting bees: the stories farm diaries tell in Ontario, Canada 1830-1960. Work bees (barn raising, logging, flax bee, more) reciprocate labor that year. Dr. Catharine Wilson author of Bee-ing Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Neighbourhood in Southern Ontario, 1830-1960. 2022 Guelph Historical Society HERE Great, check for tape

Rural Diary Archive. Over 200 Ontario, Canada farm diaries from 1800 to 1960. HERE

The People’s Archive of Rural Ontario. University of Guelph. Stories HERE

Rutherford Barn Raising Bee – July 1929. Vaughan, Ontario, Canada 2 min. TAPE HERE

CANADA Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes. Young women worked on farms in Ontario during World War II 1941-1952. Shirleyan English and Bonnie Sitter. Strathroy and District Historical Society. Jan 2022 TAPE and many links for more info HERE Ontario Barn Preservation HERE


UK Traditional Farm Buildings of the Yorkshire Dales . Such as “field barns.” James Brightman. Thornton-le-Street History UK Jan 21 HERE TAPE HERE

UK A farmer-miner landscape: cowhouses and smallholdings in Castle Bolton. Hannah Kingsbury. Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group UK Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

UK Historic Farmsteads on the Solway. 16-17th cen. very detailed layout, buildings, clay, stone. Dr Peter Messenger. Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. Dec 3 HERE TAPE HERE


VA Preserving Historic Barns. “ways to preserve historic barns and other historic agricultural buildings. Panel. Preservation Virginia Mr 2021 TAPE HERE

Old Barn History and Preservation. John C. Porter author of Preserving Old Barns. NH Preservation Alliance TAPE HERE

Barn Preservation Basics. “overview of barn styles in New England and outline common problems specific to each. … barn preservation tools, tips, and techniques…” Beverly Thomas, Ian Blackwell, Jeffrey Gonyeau. PreservationMass TAPE HERE

Barn Evaluation: What Do I Have and How Do I Fix It? Ian Blackman. “focuses on the different styles and periods of barns in New England, outlines the problems that are specific to each and includes how to make a restoration plan” NH Preservation Alliance TAPE HERE

Tips for Old Barn Evaluation and "Road Maps" for Barn Repair Success. “…the history and evolution of your old barn? Or how to identify and prioritize repair project, or whether a new use can fit in the old structure” Ian Blackman. NH Preservation Alliance TAPE HERE

Stamp Out Old Barn Loss! In January 2021 a new set of barn postcard stamps. “discussion about what old barns mean to our communities and trends in barn preservation with three national barn experts” NH Preservation Alliance TAPE HERE

Photos are from Library of Congress, click to enlarge.

Farm fences – Stone walls, Hedgerows, Waddle fences HERE

Chicken ladders: pics thro history HERE; Into tree c1900 Monroe County PA HERE

This list was originally in my blog post on Victory Gardens, Gardens, Plants (wild rice, sugar beets, etc), Seeds, Farms, Stone walls, Livestock and more. HERE

Calendar of virtual food history events - new talks HERE

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