Created By: Ithaca Heritage
How can you tell when a barn was built? Barn restorers Randy Nash and Rick Lazarus took a walk through this barn and made the following evaluation: It's a swing beam barn, but very large for this type. The rafters are commercially sawn, and the original hardware is commercially made (instead of hand-forged). The Gothic Revival-style window probably dates from alterations and expansion in the 1880s. It has a hay track installed at the ridge beam. This barn was most likely built in the late 1860s, just after the Civil War. This barn was part of the Strawberry Smith Farm, which continuously produced crops (including strawberries) through the 1970s.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Barns of Tompkins County