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Pole Barn circa 1820s

Pole Barns were very common in rural Alabama in the 19th century. Easily constructed of poles and vertical logs or planks, these barns were almost as important to settlers as their own cabins and were often the first structure built when settling in their new land. Pole Barns provided shelter for animals, tools, and crops, all important to early pioneer survival.

Inside this replicated Pole Barn is an authentic corn crib. Corn was a very important crop as it provided food for both the family and their animals. Corn husks were used for many things including mops, brooms, stuffing for mattresses, and dolls. Settlers even found uses for the cobs.

This Pole Barn serves as the passage way to the pioneer Log Cabin.