Americana #20 - The Innovation Dairy Barn in Manassas

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The Innovation Barn on Route 28

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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Tony  Unlike a lot of "armchair bloggers" we like to investigate our surroundings

Sep 28, 2012 06:46 AM #9
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Jackie  We enjoyed the opportunity to present it

Sep 28, 2012 06:47 AM #10
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Rebecca  I suspect you have driven past it

Sep 28, 2012 06:48 AM #11
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Nick  As the daughter of an Illinois farmer I understand perfectly

Sep 28, 2012 06:50 AM #12
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Thanks for sharing your photograph and this local history lesson.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Sep 28, 2012 07:30 AM #13
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Roy  I always enjoy posting about local history

Sep 28, 2012 07:34 AM #14
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That is the coolest photo. I like the history lesson that accompanies it. Neat!
Sep 28, 2012 11:42 AM #15
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Karen, that is one of the most unusual barns I've seen. Thank you for sharing, I'm glad this building and with it it's history is being preserved.
Sep 28, 2012 11:43 AM #16
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Karen,

Beautiful structure - nice history to go along with it. :)

Steve

Sep 28, 2012 03:49 PM #17
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Cheryl  Thank you very much

Sep 28, 2012 11:23 PM #18
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Silvia  It was called Innovation Barn since it was a protype of future barns

Sep 28, 2012 11:24 PM #19
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Steve The materials insure low maintenance and lasting brilliance - that barn is almost 100 years old

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Karen I always look forward to the history behind many of your photos.   This is a beautiful barn and I am glad it was preserved.

Sep 29, 2012 03:18 PM #21
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Karen I always look forward to the history behind many of your photos.   This is a beautiful barn and I am glad it was preserved.

Sep 29, 2012 03:18 PM #22
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Karen and Art-It is always interesting to note the ingenious designs from years past. They had to make calculations and tools without the benefit of calculations from computers.

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Jennifer  We lalso learn by preparing for these posts

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Jennifer We believe there is more to it than just snapping a picture

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Wayne  It is even more impressive when you consider the really amazing structures throughout the world built many, many centuries ago

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Karen,

Congratulations. Your post is also featured in the group "Americana." :)

Steve

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Steve  Thank you for the support

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