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Cantilever Barn by Gary L   Suddath

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The Cantilever Barn on the Tipton Place in Cades Cove, is characteristic of the southern highlands, found principally in two East Tennessee counties, Sevier and Blount. Their characteristic feature is an overhang, or cantilever, Lofts were originally used for storing hay, loaded conveniently from wagons pulled into the driveway between the cribs. Cribs were livestock pens, while the sheltered area under the overhanging loft provided space for storing equipment and grooming animals. Accommodations for seed corn, feed, livestock, and equipment were basic needs. The unusual design may derive from German forebay barns in Pennsylvania, built into the hillside with an overhang along the out-facing side. Pioneer blockhouses in East Tennessee and elsewhere had modest overhangs on all four sides of the upper story, and these may have inspired the shape of later barns. A rainy mountain climate with high humidity for much of the year makes protection from damp a continuing challenge, which this design meets nicely. Rain falling on a cantilever barn’s roof drips off the eaves at a distance well removed from the supporting cribs; the overhang protects both structure and livestock, while the space between the cribs works with the continuous vents in the upper loft walls to encourage air circulation, drying the loft’s contents. This barn was built in 1968 to replace the original barn on the Tipton place.

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Comments

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    I think this is a great capture. The history is interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 6 years ago

    What an AWESOME historical building………………beautiful job on this one Gary!

  • Wanda Faircloth
    Wanda Fairclothover 6 years ago

    I always wondered about these barns.Now it makes perfect sense.I love this in black & white,great capture.

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 6 years ago

    Excellent image and description of this unique style of architecture…fine work, again!

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Excellent:)

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 years ago

    I always love your Smoky Mountain barns and homesteads Gary. You always do an awesome job!

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 6 years ago

    Lovely moment in capture!

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 6 years ago

    that is one of the most unique barns i’ve ever seen. when i was in Missouri that had round barns and i though they were cool, but this is sublime! great find and capture Gary. Sorry I won’t be able to make it to the gathering as I’ve got to visit my grandmother who was recently diagnosed with cancer. family first my friend. take care.

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 6 years ago

    What an amazing barn, Gary! Thanks for explaining why it is this unique and efficient shape. Love the sepia to make this look as old as it really is!

  • shotzbyjay
    shotzbyjayover 6 years ago

    Very nice, Gary! Can’t wait to see it again in person!

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