The McNaughton Barn, built in 1893, is a three and a half story, wooden barn with a Dutch hip roof. Today, the McNaughton Barn continues to be part of a working ranch as it stands alone on a rising hill surrounded by corrals and grazing cattle.
The McNaughton Barn was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1992. The building, feature a long, low profile, a gabled peak above the hay loft, and gabled dormers.
The general form of this multi-purpose barn is in a large symmetrical rectangular shape measuring eighty feet by one hundred twenty feet. The dominant visual aspect is its long and low roof area with a single gabled dormer on the south.
The roof extends over the livestock entrances on the south and east sides of the brace posts. The barn stands on a limestone foundation, dug from the hill itself. The two aisles for horse stalls have a dirt floor as part of the foundation.
The interior arrangement of the first floor has sixteen stalls for large work horses and ten stalls for riding horses and stallions. Each stall has a small window, grain bin, and a hay trough which is fed by a chute from the second floor above. The first floor also has four large grain storage areas, floor scales to weigh wagon-loads of grain, three tack rooms, an office, a repair and storage area, and a grain chute v-system from the second floor grain storage....see the McNaughton Barn on Wikipedia
Wide and sturdy stairs lead up to the second floor. The area directly above the first floor horse stalls and grain storage room is enclosed. The second floor also has a room to the left of the stairs that slept travelers and three enclosed grain columns.
A narrower set of stairs leads up to the third and final floor. One-third of this floor was left open to allow the second floor hay to cure. In the past, a pulley system with trap doors to the first floor was used to elevate grain. It was then poured into one of the three grain column openings on this floor.
This barn is steep. This barn is huge. This barn roof has a new coat of paint!!! It took 55 five gallon buckets of paint and hours upon hours of labor. The work is hot, windy, and dangerous. Necessary equipment...a mountain climbing harness, lots of old clothes and a good chiropractor.