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The lower level housed animals, the upper levels served as threshing floor and storage.

In some regions, barns are dismantled for lumber, their beams sold for reuse in living rooms. Further threats to historic barns and other farm structures are posed by changes in farm technology, involving much larger machines and production facilities, and changes in the overall farm economy, including increasing farm size and declining rural populations.

Yet historic barns can be refitted for continued use in agriculture, often at great savings over the cost of new buildings.

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