1541 Silvers Mill Rd, Mars Hill NC 28754

Year Built: between 1887 and 1892

Historic Owners: Jacob Carson Tilson


This barn consists of a central log section built of large, slightly hewn, round logs. The center section dimensions of 18 feet by 22 feet, and 18 feet high, indicate that it could have originally been built as a flue-cured tobacco barn, yet there is no evidence of mud chinking between the logs, or that it was ever used to heat cure tobacco. The shed roof additions on all four sides appear to have been built early in the existence of the central log section. There are no log crib animal stalls, except for the one large crib on the ground level. The second floor has been used as a hay loft, and likely a grain threshing floor, over its lifetime.

The barn and farmstead were built on land received from a grant to Captain Allen White during the early 19th century. White served as a Union officer during the Civil War, and was part of an influential Marshall family. His daughter Eliza married Dr. Jacob Carson Tilson in 1887, a member of a prominent family from Flag Pond, TN. The large family home sat across the road among the surviving boxwoods, and near the old springhouse.

Historic Use: possibly flue-cured tobacco, burley tobacco, livestock

Type of Construction: Sawn lumber, Hewn Timbers, and Notched Logs

Siding Materials: Exposed logs

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials: Split wood Shingles

Roof Framing: Milled rafters

Foundation: Dry-Laid Stone and Wood sills on rock piers

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

Outbuildings: springhouse across the road at toe of the hillside. A round-log house is below the barn, built in the 1930s to 1940s

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Jacob Carson Tilson Barn