Homestead Fair

Barn-Raising Demonstration

Friday & Saturday—
The raising of a barn frame

Come over to the barn-raising site by the herb garden area and see the way early homesteaders handcrafted barns from logs felled from the virgin forest using a broadax, adz and handsaw. On Friday and Saturday we'll assemble and raise the wall beams of an eighteenth-century barn.

Annual Benefit Auction

Saturday evening - the auction of two historic barn frames

On Saturday, November 30, we will auction off two historic barn frames and one timber frame handcrafted from new timbers by sealed bid to the highest bidder*, with all proceeds going to The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.

Timber Frame 1: Remmers Dutch Barn

Combining an Old World architectural form dating from the eleventh century with the virgin forest resources of the New World resulted in a handcrafted building that was never seen before and can never be reproduced again. A masterpiece from a bygone age preserved in the sublime simplicity of a working building with over two centuries of stories to tell, this building will speak of quality, craftsmanship and tradition to all who enter it.

Early settlers came to America from many different countries and brought with them from Europe not only their ways of living, but also their architecture, including their agricultural buildings like barns. Perhaps the most majestic of all the agricultural building types brought from Europe to America are the Dutch Barns found in the region of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, which included the northern part of New Jersey and the Hudson, Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys of New York.

The early settlers built these barns from their first arrival in New Netherland in the 1620’s until about 1820. Early travelers described this region as the most fertile in America and described these Dutch Barns as the grandest and most elegant barns ever built in America.

Dimensions: 45' x 46' – 2,070 sq. ft.
Minimum bid: $125,000

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Barn homes from similar frames

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The sale price includes the complete timber frame structure cleaned, restored, fumigated, delivered and reerected on your foundation**. 
Barn will be available to view at the Fair.

 

Timber Frame 2: Dutch House

This early Dutch timber-framed house was built circa 1760 near the town of Bethlehem, NY. The structural timbers and roof rafters are all hand-hewn. After being hewn, the large second floor timbers, which were originally exposed to the downstairs living area of the home, were all hand-planed for a more finished appearance. The house frame also has its original “marriage marks,” Roman numerals carved into the beams to mark which pieces fit, or “marry,” together.

Dimensions: 21' x 42' – 882 sq. ft.
Minimum bid: $39,500

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Barn homes from similar frames

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The sale price includes the complete timber frame structure cleaned, restored, fumigated, delivered and reerected on your foundation**. 
Barn will be available to view at the Fair.

Timber Frame 3: Warnerville Barn

This timber-framed barn is built primarily from rough-sawn eastern hemlock and pine timbers. The main connecting ties measure 10″x11″, and the wall posts are also very large. Note how the queen posts are leaning over, or “canted.” Canted queen posts are an interesting feature of post-1840 barns. They were used to open the center of the barn’s loft and allow for the unhindered operation of a ridge-mounted hay track, which came into wide-spread use after 1840.

Dimensions: 30' x 30' – 900 sq. ft.
Minimum bid:
$36,000

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Barn homes from similar frames

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The sale price includes the complete timber frame structure cleaned, restored, fumigated, delivered and erected on your foundation**.
Barn will be available to view at the Fair.

 

Historic Buildings Tour

On Friday and Saturday afternoons, join us at 4:30 for a walking tour of seven restored buildings at Brazos de Dios. Over the years, we have moved these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings from various parts of the United States and rebuilt them at our farm, not out of a desire to live in the past, but to preserve the good things of the past for the present and the future.

 

Bids may be submitted any time prior to 6:00 pm Saturday, November 29, after which time all bids will be opened and the winner announced. All bids and inquiries may be directed to Kevin Durkin, care of Heritage Restorations, 257 Fort Graham Rd, Waco TX—or call (254) 744-4148. Bids may be submitted at the fair or via e-mail to kevin@heritagebarns.com. During the fair, for information about the barn frame or the bidding, please ask for Kevin Durkin or Caleb Tittley at the barn-raising area.

** Ask about international delivery.