The Frye farms were settled in 1881. The red dairy barn featured in this tour was built around 1921 by my great-grandfather William Frye, grandfather Arnold Frye and great-uncle Alfred Frye. The barn and granary, hog shed/farrowing barn and tool shed were originally white (the other four buildings original to the farm are the red brick house, garage and chicken house, and the concrete milk/pump house). I gave them their first coat of red paint about ten years ago.
All eight original buildings are intact, stable and used. All have matching shingles. All siding is original. All stone and brickwork were tuckpointed in 1996. The farm was designated a Century Farm in 1981. My father and his siblings, and my sisters and I, grew up here. In the "history" section of the Small Frye Farm website Gallery are photos of the barns in the 1930s.
The farmstead was a functioning conventional farm until the 1980s. My husband and I bought the farmstead from my parents in 1994 and have been restoring the eight buildings since.
The barn interior, including the hay mow, is essentially unchanged with the exception of window replacements in 1995.
Today, we live in the house and use the garage. The brick chicken coop is a spa and living space. The tool shed are my shop and my husband's workspace and gallery. The granary is used to store remnants of the 1881 buildings (in a farm across the road). The hog shed had windows replaced in 2016 and will be used for artists and carpenters. The dairy barn is the main focus and work area of my farming operation Small Frye Farm, established in 2008-9.
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