Raising a Timber-Frame Barn


beach barn cupola

For a video documentary on Nathan Beach, Louise Abbott followed the raising of a timber-frame barn that replaced a nineteenth-century high-drive barn built by Beach on his farm, Beechwood, outside of the village of Georgeville. The new barn echoes the old one in every aspect. Beach was an important builder in the region. Several of his buildings are extant, including the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Stanstead. This image shows the timber frame after the "topping out" at the farm on June 17, 2010. The video documentary on Beach will be available for sale at Studio Georgeville in early 2012. For more about the timber framers, visit    Hamlet Heavy Timberwork.