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Stone Barn Farm

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Built  1850 (1850)
Opened  1850
Added to NRHP  29 November 2001
NRHP Reference #  01001271
Area  68 ha
Nearest city  Bar Harbor
Architectural style  Mid 19th Century Revival

The Stone Barn Farm is one of a small number of surviving farm properties on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine. Located at the junction of Crooked Road and Norway Drive, the farm has a distinctive stone barn, built in 1907, along with a c. 1850 Greek Revival farm house and carriage barn. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, and is subject to a conservation easement held by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Description and history

Stone Barn Farm occupies 167 acres (68 ha) of land in north-central Bar Harbor, a rural inland area of the fashionable resort community. It is set on the north side of Crooked Road, just west of its junction with Norway Drive, and consists of 30 acres (12 ha) each of fields and marshland, and about 100 acres (40 ha) of woodland. The farm complex is set near Crooked Road, and consists of a wood-frame house and carriage barn, and an unusual gambrel-roofed barn whose first level is stone, and whose gambrel ends are clapboarded. The house is 1-1/2 stories in height, with a three-bay gabled front sheltered by a hip-roofed porch. Two additions extend to the rear of the building. The carriage house a single-story clapboarded structure with a gable roof, and a track-mounted sliding door providing access to its interior. The stone barn is fashioned out of glacial till, and has a two-leaf board-and-batten door providing access to its interior.

The farmhouse and carriage house were probably built sometime between 1850 and 1860, based on their architectural style, although local histories have placed the farmhouse construction as early as 1840. The builder was Richard Paine, whose farm was 45 acres (18 ha), most of it uncleared, in 1860. In 1907 Paine's son sold the farm to the Shea Brothers masonry firm, who may have built the stone barn as a vehicle to showcase their building skills. The Sheas eventually leased the property back to the Paines for a time. In about 1960 the property was acquired by Harry and Mary Owen, who granted the Maine Coast Heritage Trust a conservation easement on the property in 2001.

References

Stone Barn Farm Wikipedia


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