Atwater Corn House

18 X 30 feet | circa 1840 | Middletown Springs, Vermont

This structure, originally built as a corn barn and later partially utilized as farm seasonal lodging, is perfect for a new life as a retreat cabin, or even as a small home. The barn's beams are sawn by an early water saw.  Thanks to some great work by members of the Middletown Springs Historical Society and aided by a great book on the history of Middletown Springs, we were able to figure out some of the history. Perry, the first westerner settler of the land, is said in the spring of 1778 to have "shouldered his ax, all he had to bring but the clothes he wore, and took possession of his land." By the time that a treasure of a book was written about Middletown Springs in 1867, the land had passed to Jonathan Atwater, who had married Perry's daughter. Our restored timber frame is mentioned in this book as the "corn barn." One section of the 1st floor had narrow siding boards that were gapped to allow ventilation for the purpose of drying corn. Part of the 2nd floor was finished off with plaster and lathe at a later date as living quarters, presumably for seasonal farm help.

This frame has a full first floor deck that could be utilized again if set on piers as the frame originally stood. It also has a full second floor. The original roof boards were saved and "new" vintage siding could be provided.

 

Details: 

  • 540 square feet on the first floor, with another approximately 300 square feet of walkable second floor

  • Sawn softwood posts and beams

  • Four bent structure

  • Sawn rafters and floor joists

  • Comes with the original roof boards

Possibilities:

The Atwater Corn Barn would be ideally suited for use as a woods retreat cabin. It could be minimally insulated, or left as a seasonal cabin. A small wood stove would heat the space nicely. It could also make a great storage barn.

Drawings and dimensions

Drawings and dimensions

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Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

The Atwater Corn Barn was used as lodging on the second floor at some point in its history. Notice the ample windows in the upper gable, as well as the tiny ventilation window- no doubt to let the heat out on those summer evenings.

Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

This photo shows the beautiful entrances, as well as the corn crib siding- narrow strips of siding that were gapped in order to accommodate ventilation that would dry the corn.

Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

This photo shows the first floor deck, as well as the loft framing. The frame was set on stout slate piers- doubtless a reason that it survived for approximately one hundred eighty years!

Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

Here is the old barn frame once the siding was removed. It is a stoutly built structure.

Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

This is the wonderful book, preserved and re-printed by the wonderful Middletown Springs Historical Society, that describes the settling of the Perry Farm- later to become the Atwater Farm. Many thanks to the historical society for their help in researching the history of this barn!

Atwater Corn House

Atwater Corn House

This page of the book about Middletown Springs, published in 1867, describes Perry walking onto his new land, and mentions the corn barn as a reference to where Perry built his first log home. Based on the age of the barn, we surmise that the corn barn was built by Jonathan Atwater around 1840. Atwater married Perry's daughter, and eventually took ownership of the land, where he built a cider house and, we presume, this corn barn.

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