Trump-Lilly Farm Walking Tour

barn on hillside with apple tree blooming
One of the outlying barn sits at the edge of the Trump-Lilly property.

NPS photo, Dave Bieri

 
site map
Trump-Lilly Farm Site Map, from The Trump-Lilly Farm Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape Report
 
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The main barn

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1. The Main Barn

From the parking lot, the first building the visitor reaches is the barn. This building was used for storage and for housing cattle and horses. There was a side shed used for storing tackle and tools.

 
large two story wood barn
The granary

NPS photo, Louise McLaughlin

2. The Granary


Corn or other grain crops were stored in the granary. Corn was an important crop for making bread for the family and for feeding livestock. Notice that the granary is above ground to help protect the grain from mice and other animals. The Lillys attached a side shed to this building for storage of tackle and tools.
 
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The Trump-Lilly farmhouse

NPS, Dave Bieri

3. The Farmhouse


The house is a two-story log building built by Richard Trump circa 1880-1890. The logs are covered in siding. The dooryard was enclosed with a picket fence, some of which is still standing. Originally a separate building, the kitchen was later attached to the main house.
 
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The Meat Shed

NPS photo, Louise McLaughlin

4. The Meat Shed/Storage Shed


In the fall, after the hogs were butchered, the meat was salted rather than smoked and stored in the meat shed to provide the family with hams and bacon which were the mainstay of the family diet. The family had about two barrels of wheat ground into flour in the fall. Cornmeal was ground in a lesser quantity. Both were stored in the meat shed.
 
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The Trump-Lilly Wash House

NPS photo, Louise McLaughlin

5. The Washhouse


The washhouse built circa 1940s was a late addition to the farmyard. The family bathed in a number two washtub and did laundry in a large iron kettle set up near the springhouse until electricity reached the farm in the 1940s. Then the washhouse was constructed, laundry was done in an electric, wringer-type washing machine.
 
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The Spring House

NPS photo, Louise McLaughlin

6. The Springhouse


One of the reasons original settlers chose a place to live was that the site offered a reliable, constant supply of clean water. This spring supplied the family with its only water supply until three small farm ponds were constructed in the 1960s. Preserved items such as jellies and apple butter were stored in the springhouse along with milk, butter, and cream.
 
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The outhouse

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7. The Outhouse

The outhouse was used as the toilet. Outhouses vary considerably in design. The one on the Trump-Lilly farm had two seats.

 
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The stable

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8. The Stable “Little Barn”


Sheep were allowed to forage on the hillsides during the summer, but during the winter they pastured near this stable which they used for shelter.
 
Continuing north of the farmyard about 100 yards, one comes to the “grave field,” gravesite of the child Harry Trump who died after eating poisoned corn.
 
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The hay barn

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9. The Haybarn


Some 100 feet north of the grave, one finds the haybarn which was used for storing hay. This barn had side stables for sheltering livestock, primarily sheep during the winter.
 
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The remains of the old outlying barn.

NPS photo, Charles Wray

10. The Outlying Barn

Located some 400 yards north and to the east of the farmyard, this barn would have been used for housing livestock, primarily during the winter months.

 
At least three structures no longer exist. One, located between the springhouse and the house was used as a woodshed. The second was a chicken house located near the meat shed. A third was a crib structure within the hog pen. It was used to contain the sheep during the shearing season.

Last updated: September 24, 2020

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