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German Bank Barn
A German Bank Barn
Carroll County, IN


Sometimes called Pennsylvania or Sweitzer barns, the German barns are typically built into an earthen bank and are characterized by their massive size and the cantilevered floor - called a forebay - that extends over the feedlot above the basement level. They are found in areas of Swiss- and German-American settlement.