1138 Turnpike Road
Marshall NC 28753

Year Built: 1960s

Historic Owners: Jesse Mae Ramsey, Garret Ramsey, Alfred Ramsey


This large, well-built livestock barn, perhaps also used as a dairy barn, is thought to have been built in the 1950s. It utilizes materials and construction techniques that were becoming popular at the time: concrete block for the foundation, and “modern ” corrugated metal roofing. More tradition elements have been also carried over from earlier building methods, including the use of lattice at the eves, for increasing ventilation, and a corn crib that is part of the main structure. It is also a bank barn with access to the second-floor loft level, provided by the high embankment that joins the road. Little is known of the specific history of this barn, yet the Ramsey family has been on this land since 1826 when Reverend Garrett Ramsey lived here. Ramseytown in neighboring Yancey County, was named for him when, as a traveling circuit preacher, he founded a church there before the Civil War.

Historic Use: Dairy, multi-purpose

Type of Construction: Post and Beam, Sawn lumber, and Stud Frame

Siding Materials: Milled Boards and Lattice

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials:

Roof Framing: Milled rafters

Foundation: Concrete Block

Species of Wood: Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

exterior doors utilize door rail sliding doors
lattice for upper story ventilation

Outbuildings: None surviving

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Alfred Ramsey Barn