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Wells in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Hay and Horse Barn

A grand barn for a model farm

— Historic Laudholm Farm —

 
 
Hay and Horse Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 15, 2021
1. Hay and Horse Barn Marker
Inscription.  
Built for three teams of horses and to store hay for the winter, the "Big Barn" replaced a similar building that burned in 1902. The Lords built the barn with high quality materials and added technological innovations. These included a hay-wagon floor scale for tracking the harvest, a chute for delivering oats to stalls from a storage bin on the second floor, an electric hoist for lifting hay to the storage area above, and plumbing for refilling water bowls for each horse.

Horses were used for work on the farm, as well as for pleasure and transportation. When George Clement Lord II took the train to Boston, he rode a mile on horseback or by carriage to the Elms Station, then told his horses to go home. They would end up right back here at the barn.

Farmers used the barn's weathervane, together with their knowledge of cloud forms, to predict the weather. Since hay could mold or even ignite if stored too wet, farmers wanted fields to be dry when cutting. The weathervane that tops the barn today is a replica; the original is displayed in the Visitor Center.

By the Numbers
1904
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Construction completed
9 Single horse stalls
3 Large box stalls for horses or cows giving birth
40 Pounds of hay one draft horse eats daily in winter
1970 Last year used for livestock
1,600 Capacity of basement water tank, in gallons
6 Maximum tonnage measured by hay wagon scale
100 Length of main barn floor, in feet
47 Width of main barn floor in feet

Current Use:
Events and Programs, Storage, Classroom, Gallery

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 43° 20.27′ N, 70° 33.015′ W. Marker is in Wells, Maine, in York County. Marker can be reached from Skinner Mill Road north of Laudholm Farm Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells ME 04090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cow Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Creamery (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Laudholm Farm: The foundation of the Wells Reserve
Hay and Horse Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 15, 2021
2. Hay and Horse Barn Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Farmhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the 'Sense of Wonder' Rain Garden… (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rachel Carson (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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