Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This barn is an example of how important location was to the farmer. Situated with easy access to Six Mile Creek (which runs just behind), the farmer would have had access to water and possibly, power. Its three-bay fieldstone foundation is banked on the south side and accommodated cows and horses. The innovation of keeping the animals in the basement level, with the threshing floor above, allowed the farmer to throw hay and grain from a trap door in the floor, thereby allowing greater storage of feed above. A historic marker on the adjacent lot indicates just how important this area has been in Brooktondale history; it states, "1st town meeting held here in Bush Tavern, made of hewn logs; April 1811."
This point of interest is part of the tour: Barns of Tompkins County