NOTE: This barn has been deconstructed and moved to a property in the Big Pine valley in 2018, where it was reconstructed in a different configuration.
It was at 1045 Big Laurel Road in Marshall before the deconstruction

Year Built: Late 19th Century

Historic Owners: Richard Franklin & son Roy Franklin


Richard Franklin, born 1854, died 1914, wife was Lutecia Wallin. He was a successful farmer for this remote, steep mountain landscape. He was the son of Russell Franklin. (See Lovejoy Franklin cemetery) The barn is a pure example of a late 19th century livestock barn illustrating some of the best craftsmanship in the Laurel area. Like most livestock barns, it was retrofitted to hang burley tobacco in the 20th century. There are extensive large hewn timbers, including floor joists. The mortise and tenon joinery is relatively exceptional quality including a complex lap joint. Hay racks are built of angled split stake palings, also rare examples of an earlier period. This is a bank barn, using a short bridge, but the bank and ramp bridge have collapsed.

Historic Use: Livestock, General purpose, later burley tobacco

Type of Construction: Post and Beam, Timber Frame, Mortise and tenon, Sawn lumber, Hewn Timbers, and Notched Logs

Siding Materials: Milled Boards, Lattice, and 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 and Wrought Spikes

Additional Features:

Hay racks are built of angled split stake palings, also rare and of an older period. There is a sled in the hallway, a good example of period equipment that includes the use of horse shoes for wood joint reinforcement.

Outbuildings: None survived

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.

Richard Franklin Barn