Barn Survey of Clay County

Our own Jim Stone has systematically surveyed 370 barns as well as thirteen silos, granaries, and elevators built before 1960 in Clay County.  Jim visited each barn in person and recorded in photographs, sketch plans, written description, and historical research.

The main goal of the project was to document a type of historic building that most represents the county’s rural agricultural heritage, as barns face growing threats from deferred maintenance, obsolescence, and demolition. Other goals were to make sure this project had long-lasting research value, visibility in the community, and was of benefit to the entire county. 

Read Jim’s summary about Recording barns in Clay County, for the Future