Old Cattle, Hay Loft Barn 1948, Scott Depot, WV

by Matthew
(Scott Depot, WV)

I have a barn for sale that I would like moved in the next year. Here is the history behind the barn. The current barn was built in 1948, My Grandfather and his Brother in Law, Mr. Tolbert, had to build the barn in a hurry after lightning struck the previous log cabin style barn and burned most of it to the ground shortly before winter.

When the fire started my Grandfather was actually inside the barn trying to get the old sow and piglets out of the barn. The story as he told it the sow was not cooperating and actually pinned him against the wall of the inside of the burning barn, and hot embers were falling down around him. He finally got free and told the sow he could just become bacon, a minute after he left the barn the sow and piglets followed.

My Grandfather luckily had access to an old sawmill that he used to cut the timbers for the barn himself, the sawmill, is still in operation today, but with a different engine, and is on our farm. Some of the flooring boards in the barn loft are actually pieces that did not burn from the original fire. Unfortunately, I cannot give you an exact date of the construction of that barn, or tell you exactly what timbers those are, but my Father and myself estimate it to be around 1930 or before, and makes up less than 5% of the timbers in this barn.

The front of the barn was replaced around 1975, I believe these timbers to be mostly poplar. The back of the barn is in the worst condition, see pictures and youtube videos, is oak or hickory, this side of the barn is in the shape it is in because the storms and weather blow in from that direction, and are originally from 1948. The interior of the barn is in great shape. The roof may be starting to leak in some locations, but over the years till now our family has taken great care in maintaining a roof on the barn, which is one of the reasons we are deciding to sale the timbers for reclamation. We have determined the cost of upkeep now outweighs the benefit of selling this barn, and building a new barn at another location on the farm. The new space where the barn currently stands will most likely be uses as Hydroponic Greenhouses, or remain empty.

My Grandfather placed metal tin over the outside of the barn in order to keep the cold winter wind from blowing in the barn to keep the cattle warm, I am assuming this has greatly protected the boards behind the tin. I would estimate the majority of the siding timbers to be between 6'-12' overlapping. The lower shed is in great disrepair and we may remove that shed ourselves in the next few months due to structural stability, if we do so, the timbers will be placed inside the barn on the concrete floor that was poured around 1975. The barn actually sits on the original foundation from the barn which burned down. You will see in the pictures and videos I have placed OSB board over top the boards in my newest shed. That shed will be moved and placed on another barn. There are original boards behind that OSB as well, it was originally covered by tin. It was covered to prevent prying eyes or potential burglars, from seeing the expensive landscaping equipment locked inside that shed.

Numerous cattle have been born in this barn throughout the years. There are a couple of stories my Grandfather have relating to his prize Polled Hereford Bull, (prized by him, not by contests), that I can relate to the history of this barn. I have the original sale bill for that Polled Hereford Bull which weighed in at over 2200 ponds. I have personally placed 10’s of thousands of square bales of hay in this barn, and would not be afraid to cram it full of hay even today. I currently use the barn for storage of lawn care and landscaping equipment, a tractor and some implements as well as burley tobacco overflow curing.

There are substantial mangers running through the barn, mostly bolted together, and was replaced by my grandfather about the time he put the new end in the barn of 1975.

Estimated Square Footage of Sawmill Rough Cut Timbers:

1" Boards

Sides 1,200 Square Feet.

Ends 1,000 Square Feet.

Loft Floor 1500 Square Feet.

This of course does not include the Structure, Rafters, or Mangers, they are available though.

Here is this link to the playlist on youtube.


There are also numerous pictures of the barn available. Just send me an email

You can email me, call, or text with questions.

If it will help I am more than able to take down the barn myself safely.


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 304-761-3953

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