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David Baird Farm Complex

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c. 1840. 831 Island Rd. (TWP 425) at Baird Rd., 3.5 miles east of Lock Haven

The Baird farm is remarkably intact, despite its proximity to the suburban development growing around Lock Haven. The brick fivebay house retains its original windows, interior gable-end bridged chimneys, and handsome entrance. More important, and certainly more unusual in the area, are the tobacco sheds on the farm. These frame gable-roofed barns are identifiable by the vertical slats that open to ventilate drying tobacco. In 1838, the Bairds became the first in the area to produce tobacco. Constructed in 1886 by J. Q. Baird, the large frame banked barn on the property is very wide and has louvered Gothic arches, an uncommon feature in local barns.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "David Baird Farm Complex", [Lock Haven, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-CN11.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 432-432.

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