The Barn Building Legacy of J.T. Wells & Sons

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Date(s) - 03/23/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geneva History Museum-Geneva Historical Society


A program on the ingenious and magnificent Wells barns will be presented on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 at the Geneva History Museum, 543 S. Main Street, Geneva. The program, The Barn Building Legacy of J.T.Wells & Sons, is sponsored by the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes and is free and open to the public.

John Talcott Wells, a native of Wheatland in Monroe County, NY, invented and patented an ingenious method of barn building that departed from traditional post and beam construction. Instead, he used a system of laminated trusses that balanced inward and outward forces, creating soaring, open spaces allowing access to the interior by horse-drawn wagons.

This program will focus with words and images on the majestic Wells structures built between 1889 and1946, most in Monroe County and Western New York. About 50 of these structures are still standing, about half of those built. Barb Chapman will provide historical background and biographical information about the amazingly talented J. T. Wells. Katie Andres will use vintage photographs and original Wells drawings to describe in detail the structure of the barns and the construction process. Dick Thomas will use his barn photographs to illustrate the importance of Wells Barns in our agricultural history and to our local rural landscapes.