Malachiah Reeves Barn


Address:

Junction of NC Highway 63 and Reeves Home Road,
Marshall, NC 28753

Year Built: early to mid-19th century, pre-Civil War

Historic Owners: Malachiah Reeves and descendants

Description:

This log barn was built before the Civil War, as part of the original homestead, according to family tradition. Oral tradition also describes a Reeves man, likely the son of Malachiah Reeves, was present during the Civil War when Unionist raiders, perhaps George Kirk’s “Raiders”, were pillaging in the valley. To keep them from stealing his mule, he hid in this log barn with the mule to hide from the raiders.

The Sandy Mush valley included the Glance family, reported to be dominantly of German ancestry. The log construction in this valley is of a higher quality from other county areas and begs the question if the higher standards of German log building may have influenced log construction here. This is a question requiring further research.

Historic Use: Livestock and general purpose

Type of Construction: Hewn Timbers and Notched Logs

Siding Materials: Exposed logs

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials: Split wood Shingles and 5-V metal

Roof Framing: Round pole rafters

Foundation: Dry-Laid Stone

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails, Cut Nails, and Other

Additional Features:

Commercial metal hinges added later

tier poles may have never been in this barn but evidence is unclear

Additional traditional features: many changes and repairs have been made over the years, nothing notable.

Outbuildings: The main house is a large 2-storey brick house built in 1860. There are many other buildings on the property including a store, several barns and outbuildings. One barn is built using the logs from the original Reeves log house.


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