1181 Highway NC 63
Hot Springs NC 28743
(across the road from this address)

Year Built: early 20th century (Jasper and Tilitha were married in 1877; rear section of house is log.)

Historic Owners: Jasper Ebbs (1851-1937) barn or John Garrett Gardner barn (1873-1967) wife Cartie Ebbs


Jasper and Tilitha Plemmons Ebbs were successful farmers and store owners here on Friezeland Creek in the upper end of this township. Married in 1877, they built the two-story frame house onto an existing two-room log house. Jasper, and later his son-in-law John Gardner, ran the Trust community store and post office down the valley at the junction with NC 209. This large barn was likely built by John Gardner. A large livestock barn, it is over 52 feet across, built of sawn lumber, with a massive rock retaining wall forming the bank at the south end. Large hand-hewn wood sills are placed on rock piers, with hewn plate beams across the tops of the framed walls. Like most livestock barns, it was later adapted for hanging burley tobacco. It is notable for its unusual standing seam metal roofing, some the earliest metal roofing to be used in this township, and the only standing seam type roofing found to date.

Historic Use: livestock adapted to burley tobacco

Type of Construction: Post and Beam

Siding Materials: Milled Boards

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials:

Roof Framing: Milled rafters

Foundation: Dry-Laid Stone

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

the barn is a bank barn with large dry-laid rock retaining wall

Outbuildings: small storage shed, contemporary

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

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

John Gardner Barn