Barns of New York explores and celebrates the
agricultural and architectural diversity of the Empire State-from
Long Island to Lake Erie, the Southern Tier to the North
Country-providing a unique compendium of the vernacular
architecture of rural New York. Through descriptions of the
appearance and working of representative historic farm buildings,
Barns of New York also serves as an authoritative
reference for historic preservation efforts across the state.
Cynthia G. Falk connects agricultural buildings-both extant
examples and those long gone-with the products and processes they
made and make possible. Great attention is paid not only to main
barns but also to agricultural outbuildings such as chicken coops,
smokehouses, and windmills. Falk further emphasizes the types of
buildings used to support the cultivation of products specifically
associated with the Empire State, including hops, apples, cheese,
and maple syrup.
Enhanced by more than two hundred contemporary and historic
photographs and other images, this book provides historical,
cultural, and economic context for understanding the rural
landscape. In an appendix are lists of historic farm buildings open
to the public at living history museums and historic sites. Through
a greater awareness of the buildings found on farms throughout New
York, readers will come away with an increased appreciation for the
state's rich agricultural and architectural legacy.
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