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The Appalachian Barn Alliance’s project to document the historic barns of Madison County, North Carolina is often inspired by old photos of the daily activities on mountain farms. Photos show that the oldest surviving barns once had very different features and building materials, and reflected the simple building technology of the times.
The Eastern Wood Bison, one of three subspecies of North American bison, was killed to extinction by 1825. Two trans-mountain migration routes of the eastern wood bison roughly followed the French Broad River near Asheville, North Carolina. Remnants of the old bison trails still exist today and are distinguished by deeply sunken paths with old, mature trees growing from high embankments.
The first century of European immigrant history in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina was without commercial tobacco, thus requiring no specialized barn. As settlement came to the area, farm families built barns to house their livestock. Now becoming more rare, these pre-tobacco livestock barns can be spotted by their log crib and steep gable roofs covered in tin.