rural architecture : maine
The Higgins Barn was built c.1810 by Ichabod Higgins on a 100 acre parcel of land in the area of
Indian Point on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Members of the Higgins family had originally
moved to Maine in 1763. The barn dimensions are 30 feet wide by 40 feet long by 1/1/2 stories high.
The structure rests on a foundation of granite. The traditional post and beam frame was constructed
of hand-hewn timbers and the exterior walls were sheathed with wood shingles. The interior
layout is typical of an English style barn, with animal stalls on either side, a central threshing floor,
and hay storage in the lofts overhead. A small addition to the length was added later in the
nineteenth century for wood storage and a hen house.
This is an example of a typical English barn and of the agricultural history and early settlement
of the area.The barn has been maintained and is in generally sound condition.
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