New life for Mulford barn

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The East Hampton Historical Society plans to replace a dilapidated barn at its Mulford Farm museum, one built in 1930 to replace a 19th-century structure.

Richard Barons, the executive director of the Historical Society, said Amagansett contractor John Loper will tear down and rebuild the Finger Barn, a narrow wooden structure at the farm on James Lane.

The new structure will be the exact same size and will look the same as the old barn from the outside, but will have a wood shingle roof instead of an asphalt one. Once rebuilt, Mr. Barons said, the barn will be used to store carriages and old farm equipment such as fanning mills and grain cradles.

The barn, which is about 12 feet wide and almost twice as long, is named for its narrow shape, according to Mr. Barons. It replaced an older barn, a wagon shed that was built in the 1890s or before.

“It was built very simply and was very lightly framed,” Mr Barons said of the 1930s structure. “It was just put up quickly to do a job, and it’s not in very good condition.”

The Historical Society has received the village Design Review Board’s approval for the work, a step that is required for the project because it is located in the Main Street Historic District.

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