Farms and Lots (Berne)
From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY
Using as a basis An Inventory of Historic and Scenic Resources In the Town of Berne compiled by Thomas Conklin for the Berne Conservation Advisory Council, 1979
Historic Farms and Lots
- Berne Lots - The farms are in order by Van Rensselaer Great Lot number which tells approximately (and often precisely) which grid on Beers 1866 map of Berne the farm is located. The lot numbers were assigned by Wm. Cochran when he did the first survey of the Hilltowns in 1786 and 1787.
- Dutch Barns were predominant from the mid-17th century to the early 19th century in the Colony of New Netherland. The New World Dutch Barn is unique among American farm buildings. It’s 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. 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.
- Deeds / Leases