Great American Barns: Viktor Mey Barn

September 9, 2016 11:37 AM

Donaldson, Ind. is home to one of our featured Great American Barns. The property served as a weekend getaway for a Chicago milk dealer who wanted to escape the Windy City during the summer. 

The Viktor Mey barn dates back to the early 1900s. Mey emigrated from German in 1883. He thought the north central Indiana village reminded him of his European home, and he purchased the 640 acre farm.

During most of the 20th century, the barn was used for dairy cattle, but milk production came to an end in 1976.

The silo has retained the original ceramic construction. It was retrofitted with the silver cap and shaft, allowing access to the top of the silo. 

The barn has been passed down to Mey’s descendants. 

Thank you to the Indiana Barn Foundation for showcasing this barn.

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