Log Cribs

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.

There were a number of log cribs still standing in Taylor County. Shielded from the effects of the weather by the frame shed additions built around them, these cribs are still in use inside many barns. 

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