The rare feature of a ‘Schpriggel bar,’ still seen in a Maxatawny Township barn

 

Both Schweitzer and standard barns in the region are frequently found with a practical large earthen bank at its rear, which allowed wagons carrying sheaves of grain or loads of hay to bridge the threshing floor. Perhaps the greatest advantage though was the bedding of animals in a stable area on a level separate from the threshing floor, unlike the English-type barn called in the Germanic dialect, a “Deshutt Shire.”

A Look Back In History: The rare feature of a ‘Schpriggel bar,’ still seen in a Maxatawny Township barn

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