Franklin Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Traveling the Highway
Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Pennsylvania is well known for its beautiful farming country, fruit belts and unique barns. Many are located along the historic Lincoln Highway route. The Round Barn is one of the more unique examples.
Considered an "endangered species," round barn architecture was developed by the Shakers, a religious sect, whose members believed the circle to be one the most perfect shape. After their old barn burned, the Noah Sheely family built this particular barn in 1914. To get more information on round barns, the family wrote to the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station, and hired Architect Morris Rhodes of Chambersburg, PA.
The incredible skeletal structure was built with ingenuity with manpower instead of high-tech, high-powered machines. Builder John Fritz bicycled five miles each day from his home in nearby Cashtown to work on the barn construction. The project took 256 barrels of cement to form the foundation and first floor; the circumference is 282 feet with a diameter of over 87 feet. The barn was constructed around a central silo measuring 60 feet high and 12 feet wide. Nearly 50 head of cattle and 16 horses
Often the farmer was the first in a town to own a motorized vehicle. This "new" mode of transportation was extremely critical for the farmer to get his crops to market. The farmer could then build a trailer for carrying extra freight. Farmers believed motor vehicles could do the work of four teams rather than two.
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture • Churches & Religion • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series list.
Location. 39° 54.066′ N, 77° 21.001′ W. Marker is in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Cashtown Road 0.3 miles east of New Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 298 Cashtown Rd, Fairfield PA 17320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roads West (approx. 1.3 miles away); Imboden's Brigade (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cashtown Inn (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Battle of Gettysburg: The Cashtown Road (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of School House and Burial Ground (approx. 1.8 miles away); Highway Enterprise (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mary Jemison (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on February 21, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.