Josiah Price Barn


Address:

1616 NC Highway 63
Hot Springs, NC 28743
south side

Year Built: 1935 +/-

Historic Owners: Josiah Price

Description:

This is one of Spring Creek’s earliest barns built exclusively for the air curing of burley tobacco. The owner’s mother recalls watching the family harvest tobacco for this barn in the 1930’s when she was approximately 5 years old. One crop of tobacco was grown high on the mountain side, across the road from the barn, now covered in forest. Josiah Price and son David, builders of the barn, installed an ingenious cable zip line to carry the harvested tobacco from the opposite mountain side, down to the barn, to be hung for air curing.  This is a very large burley tobacco barn, measuring sixty feet long, thirty-one feet wide, and twenty-eight feet high. Sawn posts of 4 x 4 – inch hemlock sit on a large hand-hewn sill, a round locust sill, on dry-laid rock piers. The rear (south) foundation wall is a more recent replacement concrete block foundation wall. Later burley barn construction used round poles instead of sawn posts. The Price farm includes many older farmstead buildings, including a late 19th century livestock barn with log crib stalls, a rare surviving type in the Spring Creek township.

Historic Use: burley tobacco, storage

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

Siding Materials: Milled Boards

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials: 3-V metal

Roof Framing: Milled rafters

Foundation: Dry-Laid Stone and Concrete

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails and Cut Nails

Additional Features:

This barn with its diagonal siding is an early
example of the use of diagonal siding, which became iconic in this township.

Outbuildings: None


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