"The Fromme-Birney round barn" Mullinville Off The Beaten Path Tip by jayhawk2000

Mullinville Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  The 16-sided Fromme-Birney barn
by jayhawk2000
 
 

This old round barn belongs to the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public. You can step in to admire the unique roof structure, climb up to the hayloft (now used as a dancefloor for the occasional weekend concert), see farm tools, look at old photos of the barn and read about its construction and renovation. There are no staff to greet you, just mooch around at your leisure and turn off the lights on your way out!

The barn was built in 1913 to shelter 28 draught horses, including a registered Percheron stallion imported direct from France. It is 70 feet across and 50 feet high. By 1994 the structure was on the verge of collapse when it was saved by the locals and named as a building of national importance.

A photo of the barn received an 'honorable mention' in the Kansas State Board of Agriculture Barn Picture Contest of 1919.

Follow the signs off Highway 54. It's 3 miles south of Mullinville, then just over 1 mile west, with the last bit on a firm gravel road.

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2004
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