Howard Nichols barn and residence, Limestone, 1922


G. Howard Nichols, a native of Digby, Carlton County, Nova Scotia, lived on this farm in Aroostook County. He came to Limestone in 1894 at age 26 with his parents, Joseph and Nancy Nichols.

G. Howard Nichols designed the barn in 1921 and it was completed in 1922. The largest barn in Maine, and probably in New England, it was seven stories high and 60 by 120 feet, with an ell of 44 by 60 feet. It included a copper cow weather vane and a model of a horse on the roof of the barn.

The barn had decorated steel ceilings and electricity -- including electric air conditioning. There was a 150-foot underground passageway that was 9 feet high by 14 feet wide blasted through solid ledge from the road right into the cellar of the barn.

Nichols charged 25 cents to tour his barn. On an average summer Sunday, admissions often totaled over $400.

The farm was named a "Farm of Quality" in 1922. The barn burned November 10, 1927.

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