This building was originally constructed as a granary in two parts.
The western portion of the building had access though the single door contains the storage bins the kept the grain produced on the farm safe and dry.
The eastern part had several doors that were reconfigured into three doors. Vehicles could be brought into the building for unloading and for storage, hence its sometime consideration as a carriage house or wagon shed. To make room for larger vehicles, a center support was removed which resulted in the wrinkle in the roof as the heavy slate tiles put pressure on the sides of the wagon shed.
In 2013, additional supports, exterior repairs including new doors and a roof gave the wagon she more stability. Through the generous time and back breaking work, Richard Grell, Hub Herendeen, Boys Scouts and parents of Troop #333 under the leadership of Phil Wiese as Troop Committee Chairman and Ed Kempton, Scoutmaster, along with a “Bob Cat”, they leveled out the old existing floor, carried in gravel and created a wonderful new floor.
Antique farm equipment and tools that have been donated to the farm throughout the years were brought out of the barn, milk houses and garage. The Boy Scouts had a wonderful time cleaning pieces while discovering what the equipment was used for and how it worked.
Cutting tools: Cross cut saws would have been used to build and maintain the buildings and fences on the farm. The largest saw is a pit saw, used to make planks from cut trees. Two to four men usually were needed to work a pit saw. If you were in the pit, sawdust fell on you, hence the expression, “in the pits”. Men with this profession were called Sawyers.
Gripping Tools: The large tongs were used to move ice cut from the pond or to move hay bales inside the barn. Large hooks also were used for this purpose. Tongs and hooks could be attached to a track high in the barn and easily moved.
Gary and Connie Price spent many hours arranging the pieces, hanging the saws, old feed bags, ladders and hand tools along the walls and rafters.
Wagon Shed Cistern
When the Boy Scout Eagle Dog House project was completed and the old doghouse removed, a second cistern was found. The gutters on the nearby wagon shed fed into the underground storage.
John Burnell, the historical mason, said that the cistern is built about the same age as the large one behind the barn, about 1890's. The bricks are a dark purple color indicating hard fired bricks. The sides and the bottom are covered with hydraulic cement (same as large cistern), which was the parent of the modern day cement. It is most likely double walled and of industrial scale. He believes that both cisterns were professionally built.