190 Ramsey Snelson Rd
Marshall NC 28753

Year Built: 1917

Historic Owners: Elmore Snelson, Ernest Snelson


Ernest Snelson recalled for family members being six years old when his father Elmore, built the dairy livestock barn in 1917, one hundred one years ago. That makes this barn, a gambrel roof design, one of the earliest Madison County barns with this type of roof that utilized the newer metal barn roofing. Prior to metal roofing, all farm buildings and houses were roofed with split-oak wood shingles on steep roofs. This barn also features the traditional diagonal exterior board siding, and the lattice wood strips for ventilation of the hay loft level. This barn is also a “bank barn”, built into the hillside so that the bank on the upper level allows access to the loft level for horse-drawn wagons, then later for tractors. It has a poured concrete foundation, an innovative change from the rock foundations of the early twentieth century. The concrete silo is likely a later addition, as the use of sileage silos was introduced later. This dairy building complex is a now-uncommon example of the twentieth century dairy farm, most of which are now gone.

Ernest remembered that a preacher once tried to scare him by singing a “boogey woogey” song to warn him of his misbehavior.

Historic Use: livestock barn supporting dairy operation

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

Siding Materials: Milled Boards and Lattice

Roof Shape: Gambrel

Roofing Materials: 5-V metal

Roof Framing: Milled rafters


Species of Wood: Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

Outbuildings: milking house, equipment building, 4 silos

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Elmore Snelson Dairy Barn