Round Red Barn


Round Red Barn

This beautiful round red barn is just south of St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Route 5. There are several other impressive round barns that I’ve spied along our weekly delivery route. Somewhere there’s a stone one.

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12 Responses to Round Red Barn

  1. Do you know why it was built as a round structure? I’m wondering if it was for grain threshing. George Washington’s round barn at Mt Vernon was built for threshing. See http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/explore_mv/index.cfm/sss/76/
    Very interesting stuff!

  2. Do you know why it was built as a round structure? I’m wondering if it was for grain threshing. George Washington’s round barn at Mt Vernon was built for threshing. See http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/explore_mv/index.cfm/sss/76/
    Very interesting stuff!

  3. Do you know why it was built as a round structure? I’m wondering if it was for grain threshing. George Washington’s round barn at Mt Vernon was built for threshing. See http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/explore_mv/index.cfm/sss/76/
    Very interesting stuff!

  4. Do you know why it was built as a round structure? I’m wondering if it was for grain threshing. George Washington’s round barn at Mt Vernon was built for threshing. See http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/explore_mv/index.cfm/sss/76/
    Very interesting stuff!

  5. Do you know why it was built as a round structure? I’m wondering if it was for grain threshing. George Washington’s round barn at Mt Vernon was built for threshing. See http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/explore_mv/index.cfm/sss/76/
    Very interesting stuff!

  6. Kathleen, I don’t know. There is an interesting wiki page on round barns. Apparently there was first a period of polygon barns like the one at the link you left and then the true round barns like the one above. Reading about how it took them two years to finish building makes me feel better about how long my construction projects take! :) Cheers, -Walter

  7. siva says:

    Hello,

    I am looking for a farm where I can buy hulled barley in the New England area. Wondering if you might have heard or come across any who might..

    Thanks and very sorry for the bother
    Siva

  8. Brian says:

    My dad used to tell me that they built round barns to drive the farn dogs crazy, They couldn’t find a corner to pee on! Actualy i think it had something to to with feeding as I think feed was stored in the center in a silo like structure

  9. Siva,

    I don’t know of any sources. But I did this Google search and turned up some possibilities.

    Cheers,

    -Walter

  10. Patty says:

    I loved stumbling upon round barns when we lived in N.E. I always heard they made feeding easy. Stand in the middle and just turn around to feed and groom what animals there were. Sounded reasonable to me !
    In Massachusetts there are quite a few homes built in octogon shape, we used to call them wedding cake houses as the second story was always smaller and if there was a third, its smaller yet. There are two in the town of Stoneham MA

  11. we just bought a 40 acre amish farm!!!

  12. Peter comly says:

    There is round barn at the Shelburne Museum in Burlington, VT. If I remember correctly (it’s been 15 years) they were designed as dairy barns. The cow stalls were set up like spokes of a wheel with the cows facing the center and a walkway between the back end of the cows and the outside wall. That one had a silo structure on the inside of the circle which put the feed close to the end of the cow that eats it. Always looked to me like they would be pretty efficient from a labor standpoint.

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