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All Categories : Cades Cove In Winter : Barns

Cantilever Barn (Winter)
Our Price: $112.00

7 3/4"L X 4 1/2"W X 4 1/2"H

Pioneers who settled south of the French Broad River in East Tennessee (present day Sevier and Blount counties) built barns with large overhangs on either end; they were known as cantilever barns. A cantilever is a beam or timber that projects outward from a base. In the 1800's, the settlers of Cades Cove were familiar with the many benefits of the Cantilevers and fashioned their barns after them. This architecture allows the use of large timbers, gave plenty of space for storage and kept the base of the building dry, providing shelter for animals and equipment.

The Old Hay Barn (Winter)
Our Price: $120.00

8"L X 4 3/4"W X 5 1/4"H

Making hay in the 1880s was a job that spanned the summer for most farmers. If it was a "Good Weather" summer, a field could easily yield two or three crops of hay. The hay was cut, raked and loaded on the hay wagon. Mules or horses pulled the wagon to the barn. There the hay was unloaded and forked high into the hayloft where it was raked into a level pile. Farmers would push the hay down from the loft into mangers as needed throughout the winter.

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