Farms and Lots

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  • Historical Farms - The purpose of this section is to tell the story of each farm from the first homesteader to the present. Each farm is named after the first known owner.

Van Rensselaer Lots Farms are in order by Van Rensselaer Knox Lot number which tells approximately (and often precisely) which grid on Beers 1866 map of Knox the farm is located.

Barns - Knox has a number of New World Dutch Barns. They are unique among American farm buildings. Its clean and logical structural system was derived from medieval European timber framing, and the availability of massive timbers from the virgin American forests allowed the barn builders to attain a scale and elegance that we still marvel at today. Dutch Barns were predominant from the mid-17th century to the early 19th century in the Colony of New Netherland. This was the area first settled by the Dutch and Palatine Germans, what is now northern New Jersey, and the Hudson, Mohawk, and Schoharie Valleys, and western Long Island in New York State. Hundreds of Dutch Barns still survive. Many are well known and have been studied and photographed by members of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society. The Towns of Berne and Knox are fortunate to have a number of Dutch style barns all built over two centuries ago. Whether the carpenters were Dutch, or Germans building in the Dutch style, has yet to be determined. The Dutch Barn Preservation Society has more information on historical importance of Dutch Barns.

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