The Log Barn

The log barn

The log barn

In the spring of 2004, Kelley found this early 19th century log barn on Stingy Hollow Road on Folly Mills Creek near Arbor Hill. It was built of red and white oak hand-hewn logs and had been covered with siding, which allowed most of the logs to remain in good condition for nearly two hundred years. When the metal roof fell into disrepair, one corner of the barn suffered water damage. Since it was located near the road and the water-damaged parts were structurally unsound, the owner felt it was necessary to take the barn down. Kelley describes the barn as a 20’x20′ double pen bank barn–each pen was 20′ x 20′. The barn was much larger overall.

The barn viewed from the pasture

The barn viewed from the road

The barn as seen from the pasture

The barn as seen from the pasture, owner's house at back right

Many of the logs were salvageable.

Corner of one of the log pens

The V-notched joints are visible here. The joints in our house are half-dovetails, which our builder Lewis prefers.

Oak Logs in barn

Log pen corner. The logs are joined with hewed V-notches. The barn builder used an axe to shape the joints. Kelley says it's possible that he also used a saw on some of the shoulders.

Only a little hardware remained in the barn.

Only a little hardware remained in the barn.

In June, 2004, Jonas Hochstetler, owner of Appalachian Hardwoods, took the barn down in two days with a knuckleboom log truck. After the logs were hauled away, Kelley and Nick burned on the site everything that could not be salvaged.

Some of these logs are now in our house.

Some of these logs are now in our house.


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6 Responses to “The Log Barn”

  1. Susan Says:

    When Kelley read this post, he found lots of inaccuracies, which I hope I have corrected. Apparently I used a writing technique similar to the driving technique in which I see my target destination and drive around it in ever-tightening circles until I bump into it. I have corrected the statements in the post.

    Kelley points out several statements that were not on target:

    The log barn, while on Stingy Hollow Road, is nearer Arbor Hill than Middlebrook and is located on Folly Mills Creek.

    The logs are, of course, nearer to two hundred years old than one hundred years old. I am notorious for mixing up my centuries.

    The barn, while described as a 20′ x 20′ barn, is actually much larger than that. Each pen is 20′ x 20′.

  2. Robin Says:

    Great post! It’s so exciting to go back to where it all began. I can’t wait for the next installment!

  3. jonas hochstetler Says:

    great post…the pic are nice and clear. pic # 4 is upside down. i dismantled this structure and moved it to the job site….

  4. Susan Says:

    Thanks, Jonas. You are right about the picture. I will try to remember how to fix that. Thanks for pointing out the error.

  5. Dale Parker Says:

    Hi Susan – found your blog last night while surfing the net and love your project. I would love to ask you a few questions regarding your porch with the cedar posts and the shed roof. I’m planning the same style on the back of a log cabin I’m building.



    • Susan Says:

      Thank you, Dale. Ask away. I’ll make sure my husband sees your questions. He would be more likely than I to have answers for you. -Susan

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