This barn was built in the late 1960s by Elmer Gascoyne. John (Jack) Hampshire used the barn for his draft horses, riding horses, and milk cows. Jack loved working with his horses and at one time he had horses and tack for two driving teams. Jack spent nearly everyday hauling feed and supplies by wagon in the summer or by sled in the winter. Overtime, Jack got rid of his draft horses, his cattle, and his own riding horses. However, Jack still milked cows in the barn up until the early 2000s.
Although this barn is not extremely old it shows some of the innovations that barn builders developed over time. The barn is frame construction and uses a modified platform frame. The arched roof in the loft of this barn is created using glued laminated timbers. This is in contrast to traditional gambrel roofs constructed using wooden trusses.
This barn started off its days with red wood siding and a green tin roof. After those coverings wore out, the barn was redone in white hardboard siding and grey asphalt shingles. In April 2016, it was given red tin siding and a black tin roof by Pedro’s Construction Inc out of Killam, AB. The loft was repainted and a new floor was put down. Additionally, Pedro’s Construction installed stairs on the west side of the barn and an entrance to make accessing the loft easier and safer.
Hampshire, Murray. Personal communication. 7 Jun. 2016.
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Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: 1967 or 1969
Features: Stairway entrance on western side of barn
Roof Shape: Arched
Paint: Red with white trimmings and a black roof
Decorations: No names or dates, white trim
Roof Covering: Metal
Additional Information on the Property and Family
John Summers Hampshire and William E. Hampshire immigrated to Canada on the same boat as Harry Simpson, whose barn is also featured on this website.
“Hampshire Family History”. The Pleasant Country: Volume One Killam and District 1903-1993. 1st ed. Killam: Killam Historical Society, 1993. Print.