Building Name (Common)Amos Beecher House / Barn
Building Name (Historic)Amos Beecher House / Barn
Address78 Beecher Road
This is a 1 ½ story, eave-entry barn. The barn has a rectangular footprint and a pitched roof with a ridge-line running roughly east-west, which is perpendicular to Beecher Road. The main eave of the barn faces south and has two exterior sliding doors; one towards the east corner and the other door is off-center to the west. Located between the two sliding doors are two fixed windows; the one to the west has three-panes and the one located to the east appears to be a single-pane. Under the eaves, slightly off center to the east is a swinging hinged hay door. The west gable-end of the barn can not be seen, as foliage is obstructing the view. The north eave-side and the east gable-end of the barn are blank. The barn is clad in vertical siding, which is unpainted. The roof has overhanging eaves and is covered in asphalt shingles.
The oldest barns still found in the state are called the "English Barn,” “side-entry barn,” “eave entry,” or a 30 x 40. They are simple buildings with rectangular plan, pitched gable roof, and a door or doors located on one or both of the eave sides of the building based on the grain warehouses of the English colonists' homeland. The name “30 by 40” originates from its size (in feet), which was large enough for 1 family and could service about 100 acres. The multi-purpose use of the English barn is reflected by the building's construction in three distinct bays - one for each use. The middle bay was used for threshing, which is separating the seed from the stalk in wheat and oat by beating the stalks with a flail. The flanking bays would be for animals and hay storage.