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The barn was wrapped with corrugated metal siding while owned by Eureka College. When rebuilt, its siding will be durable plank-type siding.
Many of the beams still have bark on them.
This is the threshing floor, where grain was separated from its chaff. This is also one of the meeting places for the e founders of the Christian Church in Eureka.
The threshing floor boards were tongue-and-groove, to keep from losing valuable grain throe
“Swing Beams” were used to support the barn with no central beam. The swing beam in the Davidson barn spans the threshing floor. The Swing Beam-style barn is a uniquely American invention.
Loft space in the barn will be used for storage once rebuilt.
Mortise-and-tenon joints secure the structure.
Close up of one of the many hand-cut mortise and tenon joint.
Once rebuilt in its new location, the lower level of the Davidson Barn will be used for meeting/reception rooms, as well as the Woodford County Historical Society.
The lower portion of this support column was left in the form provided by the tree. These columns were originally placed directly on the earth below.
A view from what will become the east face of the restored Davidson barn.
An aerial view in the barn’s current location.
This is a Froe, which was used to split the white oak shakes that formed the original roof of the Davidson barn. It can be seen in person at the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site museum.
This Maul is a 14 lb. hammer was found on the premises and was possibly used to drive the Froe while splitting shingles.
Crosscut Saw Jack. This mechanism allows the sawyer to impart a to-and-fro motion to a crosscut saw by pumping the lever to the right. This may have been used to buck the sections of log for shingle making.
This is a “hay trolley.” Originally invented after the Civil War, these were used to easily move bales across the barn.