Today’s digging reveals…

Under the floor in the milking parlour

To the left is a photo of what has been uncovered so far under the floor of the milking parlour.  The milking parlour is a wooden structure tacked onto the south side of the brick bank barn, and probably added in the 20th century.  Two days ago, a contractor came in with a jack hammer and took out a 5′ x 5′ section of the poured concrete floor.  Brick rubble was immediately visible underneath.  Today the team has been digging through the brick rubble.  They’ve uncovered stone that may have been the back wall of a bay just like the other four bays still extant in the brick barn. 

The bay doors are visible in the photo below–the arched ones at ground level.  I’ll try to get a good picture of the inside of one of the bays to give you an idea of the shape.  And I’ll be back out at the site later this afternoon to see if the area under the milking parlour floor is continuing to shape up this way, or if they’ve uncovered something to make it look completely different.

downhill side of the brick bank barn

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About oatlandsva

Director of Development at Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site.
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