Great American Barns: The Modisett Barn

December 19, 2016 10:38 AM

This week’s Great American Barn comes from Carroll County, Ind., with a link to one of the oldest retailers in the country.

The 1940s era barn is owned by Tom and Suzi Modisett. According to barn experts, this particular barn was built from a kit purchased through Sears and Roebuck.

The lower level was used for the family’s milking operation while the upper level stored hay.

The farmstead has been in the family for six generations.

“I know that people drive past and just love seeing the barns intact and are delighted that we are keeping them up,” said Suzi Modisett. “I think this as a Hoosier homestead, it’s great there are so many farms that are still maintained by family members.”

The farm belonged to Noah Fouts, who is the great grandfather of the current owner. Noah and his brothers are credited with being the first commercial growers of soybeans across the U.S. during the early 1900s. Another brother was one of the founders of the American Soybean Association.

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