I was so excited to receive this image from David Frey of an historic round barn in Laurens County; he was gracious enough to let me share it. He made the photograph in 1974, noting that it was a landmark to travelers between Dublin and Wrightsville in those days; the barn is still standing but no longer accessible to the public. As a result, I’m unable to share an exact location. This example is of the octagonal variety and though I have no idea as to a date, my best estimate would be 1900-1910.
A brief review of available references on the subject suggests this may be one of only two surviving round barns in Georgia; the other is the 14-sided Williamson Dairy barn in Jackson County. Another 14-sided example, the Dorough Round Barn at Hickory Level in Carroll County is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but is apparently in ruins or no longer extant.
Beautiful barn although it’s probably not in this condition any longer. Thanks for sharing photo of this unique structure.
we have a picture but don’t know how to share.There are other buildings of significance in Apple Valley(jackson county )Ga.
Thank you for the information, Nancy (and Jim)! I don’t know why you can’t share it here, but you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe I know where this is located. I will check it out this weekend. If it’s the same one it has dilapidated a lot since this picture was taken.. Wish someone would have taken care of this Round Barn.
There is a round barn in Apple Valley on hwy 15 between Jefferson and Commerce Georgia.
Interesting..thanks for posting
HI BRIAN, I SEE WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE ROUND BARN. NOW THAT IS A REAL PIECE OF CRAFTMANSHIP FOR THE TIME AND THERE TOOL SUPPLY!!! WOULD BE FAIRLY DIFFICULT TO TRY AND REPLICATE TODAY!! HOPE THEY TAKE GOOD CARE OF–THESE TYPE STRUCTURES ARE DISAPPEARING WAY TOO FAST.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
something about this picture I really like!!
That’s a beauty! Is the round/octagon shape for functionality or aesthetics? Would love to know more. Thanks for posting, Brian.
What I’ve read suggests they were a result of a growing focus on efficiency in the mid-19th century…greater volume to surface ratio and cheaper to build. True “round” barns are rare but Indiana has quite a few. The Shakers also built them. Most other examples are less realized and come in multiple polygonal forms. 8-, 12-, 14-, even 18-sided.