The Gala Barn
The original barn, constructed circa 1840, is a Pennsylvania bank barn typical of the Pennsylvania, Maryland, eastern West Virginia, and northern Virginia regions. During the late 19th century, the area was important for grain farming and agricultural processing industries. Wheat and corn were the primary crops; however, other crops included rye, oats, orchard fruit and hay. The Shepherd family also kept hogs and sheep, annually producing hundreds of pounds of meat and wool for market. Prized horses were housed in the long stable attached to the barn.