You are here

Otter Creek Stock Farm Barn

-A A +A
1911. Leicester Rd., 1 mile east of VT 30

This barn proclaims its original name, “Otter Creek Stock Farm,” and date, “1911,” in patterned slates across a gambrel roof. More than one hundred and forty feet long, it is a monumental example of a twentieth-century ground-stable barn design that would dominate farm animal housing in Vermont for the next half century. It is also the last great barn built by Bowman Crosby, who developed a large stockyard surrounding the 1872 Whiting depot on the Addison Branch of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad. Even before the depot, this broad, rolling portion of Whiting was a stock-gathering point, located on the drovers' route to Boston (VT 30). During the Civil War, a large stockyard here supplied beef and mules for the Union Army via the railroad depot in neighboring Leicester. Crosby eventually amassed a nine-hundred-acre farm, and in the 1890s was said to be the single largest shipper of livestock to the Boston market. By putting his farm name in slate on this mammoth barn, which has no fewer than five metal roof-ridge ventilators, Crosby commemorated not only his success but the success of the Addison County stock-raising industry that largely disappeared after World War I.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Otter Creek Stock Farm Barn", [Whiting, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-AD38.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 132-133.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,