There is much to be said for preserving the past and the buildings that are still standing at the farm. I love the stories that go with each building. Here is a story that Mark desired to share about The Shop.
This structure is made from hand-hewn beams connected with mortise and tenon joints. I think it may be 19th Century and the oldest structure on the farm.
There are two floors, with stairs to the second floor. It is small inside, with about a six foot ceiling height in the first floor. The building is currently packed full of mostly bolts and other rusty treasures and stowaways from decades of thriftiness by the previous owner.
A man came by one day to consult with us about some unique construction aspects of the concrete milking barn and while there he had some interesting anecdotes to share about the farmer.
He said, “Lacking refrigeration, Ole’ Harvey would keep a hanging side of beef in the shop during the colder months; whenever he was in the mood for a steak or roast he would come out to the shop and whack off a chunk.”
I’m not sure that would square with the USDA today, but that’s what was done then. So, the shop was definitely a multipurpose unit. I would be interested to hear what folks think we ought to do with this historical building. Do you have any amazing ideas on how we could use The Shop? Comment below if you do!
Kind regards, Mark