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Maxham Barn

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c. 1890, H. O. Maxham. Stage Rd., 1.1 miles south of Teago Gun Club Rd.

This two-story-plus-basement, New England bank barn is most easily located by its distinctive cupola, with louvered vents and a hipped mansard roof. Carpenter and builder Maxham built the barn for the livestock on his farm of one hundred acres with more than three hundred apple trees in the Barnard Brook Valley. The circular window in the gable peak and the heavy pilasters and peaked entablature that surround the main wagon entrance lend distinction to the typical manure-basement bank barn design found throughout the region. Many other substantial bank barns in the Pomfret, Woodstock, and Hartford locale have similar ornate cupolas, suggesting Maxham may have built barns throughout the area, especially those owned by the wealthy farmers in the Maxham family living in Pomfret. He also built Queen Anne homes in the area such as the Harrington House (1890) on VT 107 at the west end of Bethel village.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Maxham Barn", [Pomfret, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 361-361.

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