1916 Barn
The Shakers built this barn only 10 years before the Church Family was closed due to declining membership. It replaced one that had burned two years before. This efficient and technologically advanced building is innovative in its use of roof ventilators and lightening rods to prevent catastrophic fires. The Shakers also utilized a highly functional system to collect and distribute manure for the fields. An overhead track supported a bucket that transported manure from the dairy barn to the storage shed. The barn is an exceptional example of an intact early 20th century barn complex. Since so few Shaker men existed in the community, the barn was constructed using hired labor under the direction of Shaker Elder, Josiah Barker. #Albany #Barn #Church_Family #Heritage #Museum #National_Historic_District #Shaker_Heritage_Society #Shakers #Watervliet
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