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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

060-0386 Blankenship Farm

Blankenship Farm
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001808

The Blankenship Farm complex was established in the early 20th century by H. Cephus Reed. The residence is a conventional foursquare dwelling. Highly unconventional, however, is the fourteen-sided barn built by Reed in 1929. The visually striking structure, covered by a spreading faceted roof, was inspired by agricultural writings of the period that espoused the economy of round or polygonal barns. Such barns, it was claimed, were more practical than rectangular barns since less distance between work stations was involved for barn workers, and such structures required fewer materials and took less time to build. Though a reaction to rectangular barns, round and polygonal barns never really caught on. Despite its shape, the Reed barn uses two traditional features, an interior center aisle, and an attached concrete silo.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 18, 2018