278 Riddle Hill Rd., Mars Hill NC 28754

Year Built: 1900

Historic Owners: Riddle, Buelo Honeycutt, Lloyd Ray


This barn is part of a farm the history of which is mostly lost. It sits in a pastoral setting on the outskirts of Mars Hill on Riddle Hill Road. The large turn-of-the-century house was a modern design for its period, and is accompanied by a large garage and utility building, chicken house, wood shed, and spring house. The barn is a fully wood-framed structure, and is a transitional form that evolved from the typical log crib tradition of the period. It retains the traditional lattice work on the loft level, although this lattice work is at an uncommon sixty degree angle. The loft level may have been used for air-curing burley tobacco after 1920, but there is not clear evidence of that.

Historic Use: Livestock

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

Siding Materials: Milled Boards and Lattice

Roof Shape: Gable

Roofing Materials: Split wood Shingles

Roof Framing: Milled rafters

Foundation: Wood sills on rock piers

Species of Wood: Chestnut and Various Other

Hinges: Commercial Metal

Fasteners: Wire nails

Additional Features:

grapevine on wall

Outbuildings: large garage/ utility bldg., chicken house, wood shed

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

Riddle Honeycutt Barn