|Round barn, Chatham, Mississippi|
Update January 2017. Mississippi Department of Archives and History has placed a historic marker in front of the barn.
|Cotton fields, Chatham, Mississippi|
True round barns were pioneered at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Illinois. The round barns were supposed to be easier to erect, use less material for the enclosed volume, and withstand Midwestern wind storms better than the regular rectangle design. The round design became popular in the decades between 1880 and 1920, with hundreds being erected in Illinois, Indiana, and adjoining states. I have eaten in a restaurant that was situated in one of these round barns in Champaign, Illinois. As I recall, the roof was supported by a single strong central pole, leaving much open space around the periphery.
Another true round barn is in Arcadia, Oklahoma, along Route 66.
Not far away from Chatham is another architectural curiosity, the Italianate and now-crumbling mansion Mount Holly.
Digital images taken with a Sony DSC-W7 compact digital camera.