64 Highland Creek Drive at 3023 Bear Creek Road

Year Built: 1910

Historic Owners: Robert Ramsey and Pauline Ditmore


This barn and farm are set along Sandy Mush Creek which forms the southern boundary of Madison County with Buncombe County. The site was once known as Trail Branch and was situated along a major wagon and stagecoach road that ran from Asheville to Marshall, and later became NC 20, the primary new highway in the new early 20th century automobile era. Trail Branch included the main house, a grist mill, a post office, blacksmith shop, and a general store. The farm is rolling hills, most of which are steep with only small bottomland areas for farming and is on the southern end of the Pleasant View community and the Rector Corner area of Madison County.  Note: Information represented on this data form, and in the photographs, notes, articles, deed research, and correspondence with family and neighbors, seeks to provide as much information about this barn as was available at the time. Much information is based on oral tradition and availability of access to those family members, neighbors and others who were familiar with this barn and its history.

Historic Use: livestock barn

Type of Construction: Post and Beam

Siding Materials: Milled Boards and Lattice

Roof Shape: Gambrel

Roofing Materials: Split wood Shingles and 5-V metal

Roof Framing: Round pole rafters and Milled rafters

Foundation: Mortared Stone

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

Diamond shaped openings in board siding; full bank barn; lattice strips for ventilation with uncommon horizontal orientation; feed troughs and feed bin present; large oak lattice loft doors


NOTE: The information above is an abridged list. For the full unabridged list (complete details), please download the PDF of the Data Form above.

Gudger Ditmore Barn