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The Emerson Barn

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The Emerson Barn

This barn, probably built at about the same time as the Moulton (Lamprey) house (1820), was originally across the street and was attached to the large yellow house now the Laconia Savings Bank. In 1850 Samuel Emerson, a lawyer, lived there and there were other barns on the property. This building might well have been a carriage house, not an animal barn.

It was given to the Society by the Laconia Savings Bank when they found that it was structurally inappropriate for their needs. The bank disassembled the building and donated it and the funds to have it rebuilt in its present site. Along with the Lamprey House, it is on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places and now houses the Society's collection of farm and transportation artifacts.

Notice the construction of the frame, especially the markings on the ends of beams used to indicate joints. A stack of beams and blanks is near the door. Some of these came from the shed that was originally off the kitchen and was too badly deteriorated to save. Some of the beams were retained. The planks, nearing 200 years old now, were originally decking for the loft in this building. Against the back wall are original posts from the porch which was rebuilt with new material a few years ago.

The large conveyor belt looking things toward the rear is a horse treadmill which was used to power a boat on the lake. There is a picture of one of these boats in a small frame on the treadmill.

Other interesting items: two sleighs, making a nice before and after comparison. The restored sleigh is the handiwork of Vic Hamke, who supervised most of the restoration of the Lamprey House. A long sled, in three parts is hanging from the long southwest wall. Various tools are hanging on the walls and in the tool boxes and on the small table near the ramp. The standing box with the crank near the base of the ramp is a com husker. Also not the maple sugaring materials, the printing press, the hand pump, and hot water heater.

The Society is eager to do a better job of labeling these items and would appreciate anyone with knowledge of that they are and how used, and who would have time to help catalogue and label them.

Virtual Tour

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The Emerson Barn Virtual Tour

The Kona Farm Barn - Spire and Weathervane

Gift of David Livingston, December 2009
Cristina Ashjian, Chair, Moultonborough Heritage Commission, July 2010

Ice Harvesting Tools

Tools used by a lifelong resident of Moultonborough, Mr. Fred Davis (1915 -1989) and the crew he worked with in the 1930s

The Emerson Barn

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