What is farmland without a farm or without a barn- the structures that originally defined that land’s purpose in history?
The Guyette farm in Plainfield, Massachusetts, is home to an early 19th century English barn, not an average barn, but one full of unique architectural features not commonly found all in a single structure: large hand-hewed timbers, intricate English joinery, a steep roof, a five sided ridge beam and robust wind bracing in the roof system. This group of distinctive features defines this building as an early example of a classic English hinterland barn: the singular landscape element that symbolizes early American life.
These boards were originally part of the ell portion of this 19th century barn. While most portions of the barn were in very good condition, it had to be disassembled due to severe foundation issues. Liz was able to salvage a lot of this beautifully weathered lumber and bring it’s stories back to life through reuse in new projects.
The history of Guyette Farm stretches across centuries and nations. The property was originally owned by the Gloyd family, descendants of one of the royal tribes of Wales. During the late 1930s, Joseph Gloyd’s grandson sold the property to Arthur Guyette, who farmed with the help of his sons, Harry and Merrill. On April 22, 2008, Evelyn Guyette gifted this 107-acre farm to the Franklin Land Trust to honor Harry, her late husband.