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Unusual Barn Built For Bovine Contentment

When you drive past old barns in the Smokies, it’s not uncommon to see a silo nearby, or even attached to the barn. The tall concrete or metal towers were used to store “silage” — fermented cattle feed. Everyone knew that “contented cows” gave better milk.

In 1943, when Andrew Earl built this barn on his East Alarka farm, he enclosed his twin silos within the structure, creating one of the most unusual barns in the Smokies.


2 Comments so far

  1. katsha1976 April 17th, 2012 12:15 pm

    i love barns, and I look for unique ones to photograph. I have been to the smokies twice now to take photos of barns. I would love to visit this one and aquire my own photos. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. if possible i would like to have the directions on how to get to this barn for my next trip. thanks. 😀

  2. Postcards April 17th, 2012 1:24 pm

    The barn is on Earl’s Road in the East Alarka Community. If you’re traveling west from Bryson City on US74, take exit 64 and travel south on Alarka Road; turn left on East Alarka Road; and then right on Earl’s Road