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Outbuildings on the Farm

The pole barn on a dark fall day

The Historic Stewart Farm site currently includes eight buildings- the farmhouse, the root cellar, Stewart Hall, a pole barn, the bunkhouse, a machine shed, wood shed and garage.  In the Stewarts’ time, there was also a chicken coop, a pig pen, a dairy, an outhouse and a grain grindery.  The pioneer family also had two other hay barns which were located on the other side of the Nicomekl River.

A visit to each outbuilding is recommended when touring the farm. Each played a major role in the Stewarts lives as pioneers and remains intact for reflection and learning. A tour of the outbuildings makes for a beautiful walk with many photo opportunities.

Pole Barn

Constructed in about 1900, the pole barn is named for its style of architecture.  The loft is where the Stewarts stored hay on site.  The pole barn was also the live stock shelter.  The front area where programs currently run is where the horses once lived.  The pigs were situated at the back of the barn and the bull lived in the bull pen. A popular activity for children visiting the farm is photo opportunities with the cut-out horse, Horace, who currently resides in the barn.

The Wood Shed

The oldest building on the property, the wood shed was very important to the Stewarts given the house was heated by the woodstove alone.  Without plumbing, the Stewarts also used the stove to heat water for both cooking and bathing. The wood shed is still used for its original purpose in addition to being a storage space for garden equipment.

Root Cellar

Also essential to the Stewarts was the root cellar which stored their produce year round. It is two stories with the lower half sunken underground to act as an insulator which maintained a fairly consistent temperature. The top half was more airy and stored primarily apples.  Apples were a staple for local pioneers as they are a versatile fruit that ages and dehydrates well. The Stewarts also likely stored carrots, onions, potatoes, preserves and plums in the root cellar.

The Threshing Shed

Now called Stewart Hall and a location for programs, temporary exhibits and facility rental, the threshing shed was built to house the Stewarts’ threshing machine.  The wide plank floors are original to the building. A point of interest is a circular feature in the wall that shows the original walls.