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Road and barns.
Mount Allison University Archives, Robert Cunningham fonds.
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photo of road and barns.

This photograph is probably printed in reverse and appears to be the High Marsh Road looking west. A scene typical of the Tantramar Marshes up to the 1970s, many of these barns have now disappeared. Farmers engaged in the marsh hay economy favoured the use of comparatively small “English” barns as a means to store hay after it was made. Thus these buildings were not intended to fulfill other agricultural functions, such as housing livestock. The hay remained in these barns through the late summer and early fall and was then either loaded aboard wagons, rail cars or trucks for export to cities on the eastern seaboard, lumbering camps and mines, or hauled up to farmsteads on the adjacent ridges for use in feeding livestock over the winter. This practice led to a considerable scatter of these buildings across the marsh in the early 20th-century, most of these buildings being situated beside major or minor road for ease of access.

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