Although humble in their function, these carefully crafted barns have shaped the lives of Mainers for centuries. Built long before the days of plastic and plywood, the barns have survived for generations, each with a story to tell. In Bridgton, one barn offered comfort to a sixteen-year-old boy when his father was injured. Another New Gloucester barn was so important to one family that its likeness was engraved on their headstones. Some owners said they would rather see their houses burn than their barns, and others have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to restoring and preserving these buildings. From modest English to grand Victorian, Don Perkins examines the structures, origins and evolution of Maine's barns, demonstrating the vital and precious role they play in people's lives.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Don Perkins is a former carpenter who found a second career in freelance writing. He now lives on Sebago Lake and writes on everything from classic cars to ice harvesting to barns. He writes a column for the Portland Press Herald, and gives presentations and leads barn tours for historical societies.
Table of Contents
1 Early Barns: Traditional Structures Before the Civil War 15
2 The Old Majesties: Big Haylofts and Fancy Cupolas 51
3 Our Barns: Assorted Barns, Assorted People 75
4 Up North and Down East: The Border Barns of Aroostook and Washington Counties 105
5 Surviving in the South: The Barns of York and Cumberland County Farmers 145
6 The Restorers: Resurrecting Our Barns 163
Glossary of Barn-Related Terms: What You Need to Know from A to Z 181
Diagrams and Drawings: A Visual Perspective 185
About the Author 189