John Allen Road, Mars Hill NC 28754
Year Built: 1930s
Historic Owners: Curtis Buckner
The Curtis Buckner burley tobacco barn is on the original Tommy Allen farm, passed down to his daughter Sarah Allen, who married Curtis Buckner. The farm was part of an early speculative development on Gabriel’s Creek, by Gabriel Keith and John Allen in the 1830’s. Burley tobacco was relatively new in the mountains and was typically air-cured in adapted log barns or livestock barn hay lofts. This innovative monitor roof barn was one of the earliest barns built exclusively for air-curing burley tobacco in the 1930’s, and was likely influenced by the Sam Moore monitor roof barn in a neighboring valley. Like the Moore barn, it is very tall, with seven levels of tier poles.
Historic Use: burley tobacco
Type of Construction: Post and Beam, Sawn lumber, Hewn Timbers, and Stud Frame
Siding Materials: Milled Boards
Roof Shape: Monitor
Roofing Materials: 5-V metal
Roof Framing: Milled rafters
Foundation: Wood sills on rock piers
Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other
Hinges: Commercial Metal
Fasteners: Cut Nails
a very high barn with 7 tier levels of tier poles
Outbuildings: a drive-thru corn crib is on the site, neglected and dilapidated.
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NOTE: These photographs are meant to illustrate various features and construction elements of this barn.