16820 NC Highway 209
Hot Springs NC 28743

Year Built: early 1900s

Historic Owners: Dave Bright


The Dave Bright barn is a good example of a transitional barn from the earlier log crib barn type, to a sawn-lumber framed barn. The steep roof indicates that this barn was built when split oak shingles were the earlier standard roof material, prior to the availability of metal roofing. This barn retains the large hewn wood timbers that provide the primary frame of the barn but are integrated with the hemlock sawn lumber. The pattern of lattice around the loft area and gable end is an uncommon design, varied from the more typical diagonal placement. Another hold-over of the earlier type of barn includes the use of round pole rafters, many of which are chestnut with the bark remaining in place, a feature of a lost natural history. As typical, the barn was later adapted for hanging burley tobacco. This farmstead also features a unique and creative early 20th century house. Dave Bright’s father was Tobias Bright.

Historic Use: livestock adapted to burley tobacco

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

Siding Materials: Milled Boards and Lattice

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials: Split wood Shingles

Roof Framing: Round pole rafters

Foundation: Dry-Laid Stone

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails and Wrought Spikes

Additional Features:

several wrought spikes found
Uncommon arrangement of lattice for loft ventilation

Outbuildings: none remain in the immediate area

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

Dave Bright Barn