Agricultural Outbuildings: Log Barns

Log barns – also referred to as log cribs – were the often first agricultural structures to be constructed on Kentucky farms. The log crib usually held hay or grain, or could be used as a stable. Most cribs have at least one door opening, usually on the long side, and sometimes a small opening high on the gable end for loading grain or corn. Lean-to shed extensions were usually built around the crib at the time of construction. This not only provided a shelter for the stock, but helped protect the logs. Over time, these frame extensions – usually shed roof extensions – typically expanded into a superstructure which completely covered the original log crib. From the outside, these barns look like an average frame barn – but when you walk inside, the log crib is visible.