Parsonage Gunstock Barn
25 X 30 feet | 1740 | Historic Rye, New Hampshire
This barn is among the earliest that we at Green Mountain Timber Frames have had the privilege to save. It was going to be demolished to make way for a modern garage. The barn is a gunstock frame, which means that the posts flare to a wider dimension up at the eave, allowing for incredibly strong joinery. The barn was located at the parsonage for the Church of England during the Colonial Period. Because of the principle rafter and purlin design, the roof boards are applied vertically from ridge to eve. Even the braces in this frame are hewn and riven, which is the case only in the oldest of New England's structures.
750 square feet on the first floor, with the possibility of a partial loft
Hewn posts, beams, and braces
Four bent gunstock structure
Full length 30 foot timbers
Principle rafters with a ridge beam and purlins
The Parsonage Barn would be ideally suited for use as a great room addition, studio, or as a small stand-alone house. It could also become an outbuilding or barn once again. We are so excited to play a role in saving this ancient structure!