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For three days, 40 volunteers worked in the sunshine and spring temperatures to reconstruct the McCullough barn on German Flats Road in Fayston.
The barn was originally built circa 1840 and is a classic example of an “English barn.” Some of the timbers are hand hewn and some of them were sawn by a mill. Sawmills didn’t show up in the area until 1840.
The barn was cleaned out by numerous volunteers starting in May 2010. The frame was taken down in the fall of 2010. Timbers, beams and posts were pressure washed by a crew of Green Mountain Valley School students and then the parts were stored at Alces Post and Beam. Over the 2011-2012 winter, Alces Post and Beam owner Ky Koitzsch worked on restoring any parts of the frame that were rotted out.
On Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, the barn’s frame went up with a crew of four people – three from Alces Post & Beam (Ky Koitzsch, Brian Mack and Ramsey Orr) and Brian Joslin (a former Alces employee).
Starting Saturday morning, May 5, approximately 40 volunteers closed in the barn and put the roof on.
The McCullough barn is now part of the Chase Brook Town Forest and will be used by the town of Fayston and the Mad River Valley as an outdoor education center, three-season meeting place and recreational stopover.
McCoullough barn raising photos by Jen Bennett