We had a great day yesterday, with a kickoff meeting for the restoration project for our 1821 brick bank barn. A bank barn is a barn built into a hillside. This kind of construction allows access from ground level on both the “high side” of the barn and the “low side”. The photo below is of the high side, and the barn looks very small, but the high side is actually the third story.
We believe that this remnant of Oatlands’ agricultural past is only a wing of a much larger barn that was located next door. The large barn, according to old records, was large enough to turn a six-horse drawn carriage around without touching the walls. We’ll be looking for evidence of the foundations of that large barn.
This project will take between 14 and 18 months to complete. The goal is to make the building safe for visitors to tour and to make it the center of the historical interpretation of Oatlands’ plantation past. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the project, including what we find when we start digging for clues!