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Americana #20 - The Innovation Dairy Barn in Manassas
The first 25 years of the 20th century saw tremendous growth in Prince William County dairy farms as farmers switched from corn and grains to supply the increasing demand in the Washington, DC area. This was especially true in the Manassas area.
W. T. Thomasson purchased 39.5 acres in 1905 at the junction of what is now Route 28 and the Prince William County Parkway. To put it in perspective his holdings increased to 452 acres at the time of his death in 1950.
Since dairy barns were notoriously hard to keep clean at the time, "WT" designed the barn above - it had a second floor for hay, a rounded roof to minimize the need for supporting joists, oak flooring on the first floor plus second level windows and roof vents to improve air circulation.. The two silos and barn walls were made of hollow terra cotta instead of brick.
Today, the former pasture land has been commercially developed, surrounding the barn which is now owned by the Prince William County government.
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