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Cantilever Barn—Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains

Large barns were common in Cades Cove because of the considerable number of livestock.

Having originated centuries ago in Europe, Cantilever constructed barns, a system of counterweighted overhanging beams, was common in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

The loft could hold many tons of hay and fodder. The large overhang, without posts to get in the way of traffic, sheltered both animals and farm equipment.

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