4756 Meadow Fork Rd
Hot Springs NC 28743

Year Built: 1954, as etched into concrete water trough.

Historic Owners: Claude Rainey


The Claude Rainey barn is a thoughtfully constructed mid-20th century livestock barn that proudly exhibits the Dutch gambrel roof with flared eaves, sometimes known as Flemish eaves. A true gambrel roof structure, the original had no interior support posts, allowing for an unobstructed hay loft. This roof style, along with the distinctive diagonal siding, is a good example of a Spring Creek style trend of this period that is not found as strongly expressed in other townships. Like most barns built for livestock, this barn was later adapted for air-curing burley tobacco. Claude Rainey was known as a good farmer who took pride in maintaining an orderly farmstead and his barn represents the best building methods of the post WWII era, with sawn lumber throughout and a poured concrete foundation, while retaining the traditional concrete spring-fed water trough and loft-level access bank. The construction date of 1954 is etched into the concrete.

Historic Use: livestock

Type of Construction: Sawn lumber and Stud Frame

Siding Materials: Milled Boards

Roof Shape: Gambrel and Shed

Roofing Materials: 5-V metal

Roof Framing: Milled rafters and Gambrel shallow trusses

Foundation: Concrete and Concrete Block

Species of Wood: Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

poured concrete watering trough

Outbuildings: miscellaneous small modern sheds and a spring house

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NOTE: These photographs are meant to illustrate various features and construction elements of this barn.

Claude Rainey Barn