Experience the magic of a Vermont winter wedding with sparkling crystal snow at The Round Barn Farm! The concept of the Round Barn originated because some believed “the devil can’t catch you in the corners”. For the farmers, round barns were very efficient because they utilize the laws of gravity. Large farm equipment was driven up the raceway into the Hayloft (top level) for storage and could be driven straight out. There was no backing out of corners in a round barn.
The Joslyn Round Barn of The Round Barn Farm was built in 1910. It was used as a dairy barn from 1910 until 1969. The milking parlor (middle level) was home to many dairy cows that were herded in and out of the barn in a circle. There were trap doors in the floor of the milking parlor to shovel manure directly into the wagons waiting in the bottom level to haul it out onto the fields. There were a total of twenty-five round barns built in Vermont, four of which were in the Mad River Valley. Today, there are only five round barns remaining in Vermont.