This cantilevered barn is at the Tipton place in Cades Cove. This type of barn is unique to the Southern Appalachian region where more than 300 have been found. The base of the barn was called a crib, and made similar to a log cabin. Animals could be housed within the cribs while farm machinery was stored under the over-hanging loft. Wagons parked between the cribs could be loaded with crops stored in the loft. Raising the second floor served several purposes. One was to allow air to circulate underneath as well as around stored crops of hay and tobacco. A second was to isolate the supporting cribs from damp, termite-ridden ground. Since the roof of the barn extends the width of the cantilever, often as much as ten feet over the base cribs in a single direction, damp ground and termites are kept away. Thanks to Blueprint Magazine for making me appear smarter than I really am.
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