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Barn Plans & OutbuildingsBarn Plans & Outbuildings

Undoubtedly one of our best reprints to date, this 1889 edition of an 1881 classic by Orange Judd Co. covers the subject of barns in a way that reflects the importance of barns and outbuildings in the agrarian society of the day. It is beautifully illustrated with 257 engravings, woodcuts and line drawings of everything from the giant general-purpose barns of the day to the simplest root cellars, many with floor plans and key construction information. The chapter headings are shown below.

  • General Farm Barns
  • Corn Houses and Cribs
  • Sheep Barns and Sheds
  • Cattle Barns and Stables
  • The Preservation of
    Fodder in Silos
  • Bird Houses
  • Ice Houses and Cool Chambers
  • Cattle Shelters
  • Poultry Houses
  • Dog Kennels
  • Root Cellars and
    Root Houses
  • Dairy Houses
  • Spring Houses
  • Smoke Houses
  • Carriage House
  • Dairy Barns
  • Piggeries
  • Granaries, etc.

What is most remarkable about the book is the geographic range of buildings shown. As well as the expected eastern barns, there are western cattle shelters made of poles and straw. The most interesting parts for gardeners are the broad coverage of root cellars, root houses and simple insulated root pits and heaps, and the numerous small outbuildings. Softcover, Smyth sewn, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 235 pages. Reprinted in 1999.

Fences, Gates & Bridges – A Practical Manual

First published in 1892, this book predates the widespread use of wire fences. The author notes the increasing popularity of barbed wire for fencing large properties, but then goes on to describe traditional fencing methods in exquisite detail. Starting with rail fences, such as the zigzag and stake-and-rider styles, the author moves on to fences made of sod, stone, saplings, boards, pickets, and then a wide variety of hedges, not the ornamental style but the kind used to contain animals.

The section on gates is the strongest part of the book. It not only includes a wide variety of gate styles, but deals at some length with the prevention of sag in gates and compensation for it once it occurs. It covers swing gates, balance gates, swivel gates, lift gates, flood gates, and a generous selection of wickets and stiles.

The section on bridges is eminently practical. It deals only briefly with large structures and then focuses on the types of bridges and culverts that a small property owner might require. As with the rest of the book, this section has excellent illustrations of all of the types. In fact, the book has some 300 illustrations in all, indicating the importance in the 1800s of being able to sell a book based on its illustration because a much smaller percentage of the population was literate than is currently the case.

This book is a charm, even if you have no intention of building fences, gates or bridges. It has little nuggets of information sprinkled throughout. For example, it shows a variety of gate closures made solely of wood and it deals with the fencing of gullies and streams (including floodgates) as if this was common knowledge, showing a dozen approaches to the problem. All in all a superb book. Softcover, Smyth sewn, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 192 pages. Reprinted in 1999.

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