Mortised, tenoned and pegged beams are arranged in "H"-shaped" units that recall church interiors, with columned aisles alongside a central space (here used for threshing).
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From the days when Thomas Jefferson envisioned the new republic as a nation dependent on citizen farmers for its stability and its freedom, the family farm has been a vital image in the American consciousness.
In these cases, columns or posts were added beneath the overhang for structural support.
In the earliest examples of bank barns narrow-end side walls are frequently stone or brick, with openings for ventilation.
Just as many farmers built their barns before they built their houses, so too many farm families look to their old barns as links with their past.
Old barns, furthermore, are often community landmarks and make the past present.
(Fodder could also be dropped through openings in the floor to the stabling floor below.) The general form of the bank barn remained the same whether it was built into a hillside or not.
Where a hill was lacking, a "bank" was often created by building up an earthen ramp to the second level.
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