Kuykendall Polygonal Barn

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Kuykendall Polygonal Barn
The Kuykendall Polygonal Barn.jpg
Kuykendall Polygonal Barn is located in West Virginia
Kuykendall Polygonal Barn
Kuykendall Polygonal Barn is located in the US
Kuykendall Polygonal Barn
Location South Branch River Road (County Route 8), Romney, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°14′07″N 78°50′36″W / 39.23528°N 78.84333°W / 39.23528; -78.84333Coordinates: 39°14′07″N 78°50′36″W / 39.23528°N 78.84333°W / 39.23528; -78.84333
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built circa 1906
Architect John Clowser
Architectural style Polygonal Barn
MPS Round and Polygonal Barns of West Virginia TR
NRHP Reference # 85001549[1]
Added to NRHP July 9, 1985

The Kuykendall Polygonal Barn was an early 20th-century polygonal barn in the South Branch Potomac River valley near Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia.[2] The Kuykendall Polygonal Barn was the only 15-sided barn built in West Virginia, and one of only a few such known to have been constructed in the United States.[2] The barn utilized a number of sophisticated technological innovations not found in West Virginia's other round and polygonal barns.[2] The Kuykendall Polygonal Barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 9 July 1985.[1]


The Kuykendall farm is one of the oldest in Hampshire County.[2] Part of a 405-acre (1.64 km2) land grant made by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron to Henry Van Meter in 1749, the property then passed to Abraham Van Meter in 1804, to William Millar in 1833, to Thomas French and George Stump in 1845, to James Stump in 1870, and then to Robert White, trustee to James Sloan in 1879.[2] Sloan passed the farm to his daughter Hannah, wife of William Kuykendall, in 1882.[2] The property remained in the Kuykendall family until 1966 when C. Ellis Hood of Woodsboro, Maryland purchased the farm from the estate of Edith Kuykendall.[2] The farmhouse on the property dates from the mid-18th-century.[3]

The Kuykendall Polygonal Barn was built around 1906 by the Kuykendall family on their farm.[2] The chief carpenter in its construction was John Clowser.[2]

The barn collapsed during a storm in 2005. Restoration efforts are on hold.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ralph Pedersen and Margo Stafford (September 1, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Kuykendall Polygonal Barn" (PDF). West Virginia Division of Culture and History, State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Charles C. Hall. "West Virginia Historic Property Inventory Form: Sites Listed in Hampshire County". HistoricHampshire.org. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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