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Tractorguy 466094 138 Round Barn either
Round Barn
We stopped along the road on the way home from Ag Progress Days to get this picture of an unusual Round Barn. The corn is blocking the view a little but you can see most of it.
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Why would they build a barn like this? Would it be a traditional thing in this particular area maybe?
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Beautiful and nicely kept barn.

Nice photo A Hoffman.

TC back then there were different sorts of special religious beliefs.

They figured if they would build a round barn, the demon could not hide anywhere in the building.

Tony
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I also heard that story that if the barn was round, the devil couldn't hide in a corner but that wasn't the main reason for round barns. I believe the main reason was because in the days when farm work was all done manually, some thought it would be more efficient. The feed for the livestock was stored in the center and could be distributed in all directions easily. I think I read once that even our first president, George Washington, had designed and built a round barn and I believe it is restored and can be toured today. Maybe someone else knows if that is true or not.
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Very interesting, thanks for the info guys :-)
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The round barn was considered the height of agricultural innovation in the late 1800's. The silo was built in the center. The cattle pens and dairy cow stanchions were built in a circle facing the center of the barn. There were a couple of benefits. The main one was ease of feeding silage from the silo. You didn't have to carry it very far to get to all the animals. The second was that you had multiple doors around the outside so you didn't have to haul manure very far to get it outside the barn. I don't know if there were other benefits as well.
The Hershey company has an old ad that shows dairy cows being milked in a round barn around 1915 (they were using electric milkers that milked into buckets).
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Thank you for all the information A Hoffman and Charles.

Welcome to Farm Photo Charles.

Tony
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