Framing barns, sheds, and stables according to Robert J. Mackey, was a much more difficult part of carpentering than building houses. To frame a big barn, for example in his opinion requires a greater knowledge of the carpentering art than any other part.
Between the years 1875 and 1886 when he moved to Ottawa Mr Mackey framed barns and stables in every township in Carleton county and in parts of Lanark county. The biggest barn job which he had during those 11 year was a barn which he erected in Beckwith township about 1877 for a Mr. William Goth.
The barn in question was erected just off the highway between Ottawa and Carleton Place and was still standing in 1930, but was no longer owned by Mr. Goth at that point. There is still a bank barn on Highway 29 between Carleton Place and Almonte that you can drive by…
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