Lancaster County Timber Frames recently contracted with Precision Building and Construction, LLC of Bridgewater, New Jersey, to fabricate and erect a new barn structure for the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris, New Jersey. The farm – which dates back to the mid-1800s – is a working farm museum that uses the traditional farming methods of the turn of the 19th century. You can read more about this fascinating public park and museum at http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/ffmain.asp.
The general contractor is scheduled to start dismantling the existing structures in the coming week. Much of the material from the original barn will be salvaged and reused – where possible – in the rebuilt barn. Lancaster County Timber Frames will then carve and erect a timber frame of white oak that replicates the original barn as closely as possible. The project is governed by the U.S. Government’s Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.
The erection of the rebuilt barn is scheduled for late May to early June. The farm plans to stage a public event around the raising, and to provide patrons with the opportunity to leave their personal mark on the raised structure.