Barn Raising Continues to Make Progress at Historical Society

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Starting to look more like a barn
Starting to look more like a barn.

MINT HILL, NC – The Mint Hill Historical Society “Barn Raising” steadily continues with support from community craftsmen and volunteers. During the COVID-19 crisis, it has been a challenge, however, the dedicated team who have all made a commitment to complete this project are working hard to accomplish the mission.

Barn raising was very common in 18th and 19th century rural North America. The rural area surrounding Mint Hill certainly had its share of barns back in the day over a century ago.  A barn was a necessary structure on the farm. It was a building used for the storage of cereals, hay, and the keeping of animals. It was also a large and costly structure, the assembly was complex and it required additional labor beyond what a typical family could provide. Therefore, it took a community of volunteers to help their neighbors.

More work on the inside of the barn
More work on the inside of the barn.

Barn raising happened in a social framework, it gave those involved a lot of independence during the construction process. Different materials had to be gathered and used by those individuals involved in the project. They often shared family bonds going back generations which made the event more meaningful. The people traded with each other, buying and selling land, labor, seed, cattle, horses, and other animals of necessity.

The folks at the Mint Hill Historical Society are raising their first one, and this barn is going to be really sweet when it is finished.

A heavy workload
A heavy workload

The Mint Hill Farmers Market is now open for business on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Mint Hill Historical Society parking lot in downtown Mint Hill. While shopping, take a short walk back into history through the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village to see the progress being made at a safe distance.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Mcdonald, Administrative Director, at 704-573-0726 or send an email to

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