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School Street Barn - Agawam, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 04.435 W 072° 35.560
18T E 699144 N 4660787
Quick Description: School Street Barn is at the entrance to School Street Park at School Street and River Road in Agawam, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/18/2013 4:12:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMHB3X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Long Description:
The School Street Barn is located at the site of the former prison farm for the York Street Jail, Springfield, MA. It was used as a working barn for over 100 years. It once was owned and run by the by the Hampden County House of Corrections. The initial parcel of land was purchased in 1934 from Agawam. Additional farm land was purchased in 1943 and 1949. Prisoners worked the farm as they were guarded by the local sheriff. Vegetables produced on the farm were processed and stored, animals were housed and fed, and equipment was stored in the barn. This barn is the last remaining 19th-century barn in Agawam Center.

The Prison Farm closed down in the early 1970’s and the land remained unused for many years. In 1998 Hampden County government was abolished and the town of Agawam took possession of the property. It remained unused for many years.

When work began to convert the farm site to a community park - the School Street Park, the abandoned School Street Barn was left untouched and unused. It still contains the original post and beam animal stalls and a huge hayloft. The barn interior is not open to the public until pending safety issues can be remedied.

Historic barns such as these are disappearing at an alarming rate from the New England landscape because their construction often cannot handle the harsh New England winters.
Street address:
School Street
Agawam, MA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Hampden

Year listed: 2012

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Agriculture, Architecture, Law, Social History

Periods of significance: 1880 - 1962

Historic function: Agriculture, Government

Current function: Recreation

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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