BARNS along the RIVER


The St Lawrence River between Canada and the United States


The Boldt Farm located on Wellesley Island




Features & Implements

   Following are some of the common features that are seen on some of the north country barns, and implements associated in farming.    These are mostly practical additions or items.  

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Cupolas     Barns often have cupolas that serve as ventilators.  They come in various sizes and shapes.
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Gable Extensions    The lofts are often used to store hay.  In order to lift the hay, rails, pulleys, and other devices are used to bring it through the gable ends of the barns.  Frequently there are doors which open and the ends are often covered by an extension of the roof.  

   The first barn is in Orleans on the Schryver farm.  The second barn at the right is from the McNally barn on Wellesley Island, and the third is from the Edgewood barn with the profile of its hay rail. The fourth picture is from the Sears-Roebuck barn on Rte 12 in Orleans.  Note the lightning rods on the Sears-Roebuck barn.  According to Sloane, op. cit., p. 88, early "godly" farmers believed that lightning was God's will and refused to use them.



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Water and Power   Farms need water and power, and early methods included both use of the wind and the hand pump.

  The abandoned windmill at right is the only monument to the premises it once served, perhaps replaced by the power lines in the distance.


The hand pump stands ready to serve the home behind it, owned by the Wright Family, along Rte 12 in St. Lawrence County.  The home was built about 1858 according to the owner.

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Transportation  The hay wagon is now a decorative piece on the road to Cape Vincent.  The sleighs are in a barn, waiting to be displayed near the horse drawn wagons.



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Machinery  Much older farm equipment lies abandoned along the roadside.  

    1.  The loader lifted hay onto the wagons.

    2.  The horse drawn cultivator probably was used in corn fields.  If the team was good, the horses did not step on the plants.


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Other Appurtenances   Many different things were used in connection with the farm.  At right is a bell used to sound alarms or ring for dinner.
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