3172 Windswept Ridge Road, Mars Hill NC 2874

Year Built: 1890-1900

Historic Owners: William Washington White


The William Washington White log crib livestock barn is another classic Appalachian bank barn, likely built in the late 1800s. It is a roughly built barn, surprising since White was a prominent landowner and county leader. The family home across the road, however, is an example of a well-built two-story house of the period, with interesting vernacular carpentry details. The barn also had an attached corn crib, while the canning house and spring house were conveniently located next to the main house. White served in both the Union and the Confederate armies, joining at age sixteen. It was common for mountain men to serve on both sides during the Civil War, in their desperate efforts to stay alive and to support their families. The property also has a traditional “box-framed” house, a rare surviving early 20th century house type, up the hollow behind the barn.

Historic Use: livestock, storage, burley tobacco

Type of Construction: Post and Beam, Hewn Timbers, Notched Logs, and Stud Frame

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

Additional Features:

four joined log cribs with V-notching

Outbuildings: corn crib; across road at large 19th house, a spring house, casing house/can house, and woodshed. The property also has a traditional “box-framed” house, up the hollow from the barn, and it is a rare surviving early 20th century house type.

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

William Washington White Barn