Barns

Of major significance on the property are the outbuildings:

  • a summer kitchen (on right with chimney)
  • a small English bank barn (which we call the woodshop – the big one on the left)
  • a small chicken coop and 3 seat out house (small buildings in center)
  • an L-shaped wagon barn (which we call the tractor shed and carriage house – behind summer kitchen)
  • and a main English bank barn (which we call the big barn – below).

Big Barn

The barns are of various ages and probably not as old as the house.   They have stood the test of time as the framing is local hand-hewn chestnut.  The siding is pine and was at one time stained gray.  We like the weathered patina.

The barns were in need of work to ensure they stand another 200 years.   We put new roofs on most of the buildings and William sealed and stained the windows, stabilized and stained the doors,  reconstructed the door roller covers, put on gutters to move water away from the foundations, and buttoned up all around.  There is still work to be done to replace rotted sills but they have come a long way in a year’s time.

Four of the structures were documented by Todd Levine of the Connecticut Trust and are listed on the Connecticut Historic Barns website http://www.connecticutbarns.org/ .