“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gentryville in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Lamar Barn

The Lamar Barn marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, June 4, 2013
1. The Lamar Barn marker
Inscription.  During this period in Indiana history, even a merchant would have had a barn for livestock and grain

Along with his home and store, Colonel Jones maintained a barn. The barn stored grain and stabled livestock. Hay was kept in the loft. Areas were designed for feeding and milking. This historic barn is very similar to the one that originally stood here.

The Lamar Family
The barn was originally located about 3 miles from this site. It was built by Samuel Lamar around 1850. The barn probably started with one crib. A second crib was built with a roofed loft connecting them. In 1995, the barn was moved and reconstructed on this location. The barn was donated by Byron Lamar and family.

The Dogtrot
The central hallway, a dogtrot, permitted hay-laden wagons to drive into the barn. The farmer could then pitch the hay into the loft above.

Barn architecture
Building design and construction techniques migrated with the people who settled the frontier. This style of barn is attributed to Pennsylvanian settlers of British origin. These settlers
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migrated through Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky before crossing the Ohio River into southern Indiana. The Lamar Barn is a classic example of the building style found along this route.

Lamar barn before being moved.
Barn being dismantled.
Barn being reconstructed at its current location.

This style of barn begins with two separate cribs covered by a common roof.

Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 38° 6.845′ N, 87° 2.615′ W. Marker is near Gentryville, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker can be reached from County Road 1575, 0.7 miles west of Main Street (State Route 62), on the right when traveling west. Located at the Colonel William Jones Home unit of Lincoln State Park, a few miles west of the main section of the park and half a mile past Gentryville. Marker is in front of the barn a short distance west of the Jones Home. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 E County Rd 1575 N, Gentryville IN 47537, 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. The Colonel Jones Home / Colonel William Jones (about
Lamar Barn and marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, June 3, 2013
2. Lamar Barn and marker
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gentry Home Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); The James Gentry Home and Store (approx. 1.2 miles away); James Gentry, Sr (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Little Pigeon Cemetery / The Little Pigeon Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lincoln Spring (approx. 2˝ miles away); Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza (approx. 2˝ miles away); Now he belongs to the ages (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gentryville.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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