But the real surprise came when we walked around the barn and up the hill – it’s a true bank barn, built into a natural slope – and looked inside on the upper level. What an incredible sight! Logs support the entire roof – the first barn roof I’ve seen like this. My guess is that, as Mr. Hall said, the barn was built before the Civil War and by someone who felled nearby trees, carving them for the massive internal beams and using whole logs for the roof, not worrying about what the inside of the roof would look like. That farmer didn’t want to waste time!
Further up the hill sits an old corn crib, though it’s more a small corn barn than a crib, its wood weathered by centuries of wind and snow, and further down is another old gray wooden building, a chicken coop. This must have been a busy place in the 1800s: chickens running around, corn in the fields, and livestock grazing. “Granville Gray” will always be one of my favorite old Ohio barns. Feast your eyes on the photo below! The siding held in place by the logs is close to 200 years old.