North Carolina Barn Raising
- North Carolina Barn Raising
- Over 200 Years Old
- All White Oak
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Ohio Valley Barn Salvage sold the Gerber barn frame to the Beaty Family of Nashville Tennessee in March of 2018. This wonderful frame measured just 30’x40’. BUT, the barn was built around the 1811-1814 era making it over 200 years old and still in almost perfect condition. The frame was all white oak, handhewn and draw knifed almost completely smooth at the touch. This was also a scribe rule frame barn. Each piece of timber in the frame had French Roman numerals indicating where they were to be connected together. The sawn rafters were also in perfect condition with the wooden pins holding the ridge connection in place.
The Beaty Family selected a mountain side location for the new home. Some serious delays showed up though! When the basement was almost completely excavated the found a rock face as large as a dump truck on the finishing side and it had to be blasted out with dynamite.
This new building also proposed some challenges. We barely got the semi up the township road to the private development entrance. We had to unload the entire frame at the bottom of the entrance then reload on a smaller trailer for the 2 mile hike up the mountain. Once at the top of the mountain we had to unload once again and move each bundle of timbers down a 1400 lnft 10% grade recently cut in driveway. Of course the house basement totally 2800 took up almost the entire lot. We had 10’ on the upper side to work with and 8’ on the lower side as a landing area.
The OVBS crew carefully laid out each bent and set in place 1 at time. Overall it went very well, however on day 5 we woke up to 15 degree weather and 2”-3” snow on the ground. On our last day the morning temperature was 9 degrees to start the day and we set the last rafter in place at 6:30pm under the headlights of the pickup truck!
The Beaty family is very very pleased with their rare historic early 1800 Ohio barn frame.