Great American Barns: Sheets Barn

November 4, 2016 03:20 PM

Flora, Ind. hosts one of the best 10 barns in the state, according to the Indiana Barn Foundation.

The Sheets Barn is a gambrel roof English style threshing barn, built in 1911. The barn is mostly constructed of 12 inch by 12 inch hand-hewn oak timbers.

Tim and Beth Sheets wanted to use the main barn for livestock, and after doing research, the couple wanted to raise alpacas.

“We wanted to utilize the old barn because it was such a neat feature on the property,” said Tim. “In order to justify its use, we had to come up with livestock that we could use it for. We found alpacas would be [the] perfect fit for the barn.”

Tim says the primary rafter plate on the west side of the barn spans the entire length of the 60 foot barn without a splice.

The Sheets are able to use panels to divide areas for the alpacas depending on age, gestational status and gender.

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