Bank barn

I’d been waiting for clear skies to photograph a century-old bank barn not far from us on the Susquehanna River floodplain. It was such a beautiful, dry, afternoon. The sun shone brightly and there was something about the movement of the clouds behind the barn and over Bald Eagle Mountain that begged me to stop. Below is a gallery which highlights this remarkable structure. Clicking any of the images will take you to a carousel view; you may move forward and back on your own. ESC will bring you back to this original post.

Shortly after publishing this post a colleague responded with a comment which I believe will be of general interest. He wrote, ” .. The Bank Barn was created and utilized by Pennsylvania Dutch settlers to North America in the 1700s. The design became so popular that the majority of barns in Pennsylvania now share this construction. For .. fans of language, the word for Bank Barn in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect is: Scheier (Shyer).” If you have an interest in Pennsylvania Dutch check out Doug’s blog here at WordPress.

Another reader asked what a Bank Barn is … Bank Barns are known for ground level accessibility on two floors. This is achieved by siting the structure into the side of a hill or by creating an earthen ramp, as in the photo above. The lower floor is accessed from ground level on one side and walking up hill and around to the other side of the barn allows access to the upper floor.

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