My friend Dawn and I make at least one road trip together every year. I’ve always chosen the roads we’ve explored, but this year she said she really wanted to see some round barns. You can take the girl out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl, I guess! I had heard that Fulton County in northern Indiana has a number of round barns, so I looked them up and laid out the most efficient path to see them all.
The best of Fulton County’s round barns stands on State Road 25 about four miles north of Rochester.
We stopped to look at it from the road as we had done for every other round barn on the trip. A fellow was playing with his dog in the yard and invited us up to look closer. He said he was the caretaker, and the owners allowed him to give tours inside. He threw open the doors and we stepped in.
Dawn said she could tell by the equipment inside that this had been a dairy barn. It turns out that during the round barn’s heyday in America, roughly 1880 to 1920, they were seen as an efficient and progressive way to house dairy cattle. Hay and feed was stored in the second level and was lowered to the first level.
The hay and feed could then be easily moved into these feeding troughs for the cows.
We climbed the stairs to the second level, where I was wowed by the construction details of the roof.
I imagine hay and feed was brought in through these doors and lifted up to the second level for storage.
As we left the barn, I almost stumbled over this tin toy car. Somehow it seemed appropriate to find it here.
Dawn and I were both very excited by our good fortune to have toured this barn. We lingered for a while after we’d seen everything just to soak it all in.
I may not naturally notice barns, but I can often spot homes that are log cabins beneath their vinyl siding. Check out these log-cabin photos from the Michigan Road.