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Blough Farm

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c. 1830 house; 1894 and 1902 barn. 845 Spiegle Rd., 3.5 miles north of Boswell
  • Blough Farm (CMA/Little)

Blough Farm provides an accurate picture of a prosperous late-nineteenth-century farm, with excellent integrity in the house, barn, and outbuildings. The main barn is banked on the east elevation. The west side has a centered cross-gable decorated with one of three barn stars that adorn the building. Additional sawn ornament embellishes the louvered windows and roofline. When the barn was rebuilt with funds from the sale of the property's coal rights in 1902, the architectural details, including painted columns, were replicated from an earlier barn. The two-story farmhouse's exterior walls are built with two overlapping layers of vertical planks, each one extending to the roof and anchored in a groove in the foundation stones. Exterior horizontal siding and interior plaster and lath are attached directly to the planks. The roof of the house continues unbroken over the double porch. This type of plank construction and porch placement appear primarily in central Pennsylvania, as do the barn stars. The cupola at the crown of the gable contains the bell that was used to call the farmhands to meals. A one-story addition is attached to the house's north elevation. The remaining outbuildings include an equipment shed, smokehouse, and pumphouse. A large corncrib was removed in 1999.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Blough Farm", [Boswell, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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, 392-393.

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