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Outbuildings

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c. 1830–1860 period

The collection of outbuildings, some older than the house, is exceptional. One barnlike wood and brick structure behind the house served as a combination dairy, storehouse, smokehouse, and workshop; the brick room at the end of the structure may have been a slave quarter. The brick bank barn (said to be 1830–1835) retains its complex roof framing, in which diagonal struts brace canted queen posts that support the purlins. A rare, highly specialized type of agricultural building is the wooden threshing barn (of the same date as the bank barn), a long, narrow structure.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Outbuildings", [Middletown, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-LN17.1.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 218-218.

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