Farmitecture

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    Woven diagonal siding is among the more interesting and unusual features of the Blackburn property’s salt house.

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    The farmhouse on the Blackburn property was built sometime in the 1880s. Architectural details of the house and its outbuildings are being recorded by an Appalachian professor and his graduate student before they age even further.

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    The Blackburn farmhouse, built in the 1880s, still has some household items inside, including this mirror. The university became trustee of the property in 2010.

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    Digital models as well as old-time sketches, such as these of the Blackburn property’s salt house, are being made using the precise measurements taken of each structure on the property. Both will help preserve the 19th century styles for students, researches and architects.

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    This outhouse is positioned uphill from the farmhouse – an unusual siting since most outhouses are positioned downhill, according to associate professor Chad Everhart.

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    The outhouse on the Blackburn property features intricate, hand-cut rafter joints.

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    The gabled roofline of the Blackburn property salt house.

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    The Blackburn farmhouse, which is considered to be in structurally sound condition, has an interior staircase with a landing three feet from the ceiling.

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    The siding of this weigh house has not held up as well as other buildings on the property because of its north-to-south orientation, according to Everhart.