treading barn

treading barn

A circular two-story barn once specifically constructed for threshing grain. Horses or oxen were led around the second story of the barn, across layers of wheat; the grinding action of their hooves separates the wheat from the chaff; the grain fell through gaps between the floorboards into the granary in the story below.
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Necessity and Washington's mansion and estate, gristmill, and 16-sided treading barn.
Guests can sit at a full-size replica of Washington's pew at Pohick Church, as well as explore detailed models of Fort Necessity and Washington's Mansion and estate, gristmill, and 16-sided treading barn.
Aside from the mansion itself, Seabourn guests can visit a working farm demonstrating many pioneering agricultural achievements, including a 16-sided treading barn and a water-powered grist mill.