Notes on the Geography of The Eastern United States: Harrisburg, Bellefonte, and Boalsburg: Photo 32
The iron business has been dead for over a century now, but agriculture remains important. The potential was recognzied by Captain James Potter, an Irish-born British officer who discovered the local valleys in 1764 and is reported to have said to a companion, "By Heavens, Thompson, I have discovered an empire." He settled here, bought land, and died in 1789 as one of the state's biggest landowners.
Here, a Pennsylvania barn with the characteristic gabled roof and overshoot or forebay. Ideally, the other side of such barns was built into a slope for easier loading, but there was no handy hill in this case.
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