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Victorian Corn Cribs
Inventory No.: T-473
Date Listed: 1/11/1976
Location: Doncaster Road , Doncaster, Talbot County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: 19th century
Description: The interesting feature about the Victorian Corn Cribs near St. Michaels is the elaborate tracery along the eaves and bargeboards. The two cribs are connected by a low, rough shed. In the front end of each structure are two doors, one directly above the other, each with large, iron strap hinges. The buildings are constructed of vertical boards with horizontal boards in the gables. At the corners of the eaves are turned pendants. At the peak of the front and rear gables of both buildings is a wooden finial supported by carved brackets. The corn cribs were moved from their original site on the north side of U.S. Route 13, about two miles east of Westover, in Somerset County, to their present Talbot County site in June 1975. The tracery on the cribs is reflective of that on the Victorian-style house which stood on the Somerset County property. Significance: These 19th century corn cribs are architecturally significant for two reasons. First, they represent a type of outbuilding which is becoming exceedingly rare, and second, they illustrate by the tracery along the eaves and bargeboards the strong influence of the Gothic style of architecture during the Victorian era.
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