Scott J. writes "The owner said it was built in 1880? Although I don’t know this house, I do know American architectural history and I can confidently say that this house is earlier than 1880. Perhaps the owner only has property deeds or records going back to 1880 or he got his information from a real estate tax evaluation which included some other building on the property which was built in 1880 like a barn maybe. I’d place this home to date from between 1835-1855 but no later than 1860. Greek revival was replaced in New York by the Victorian styles of Italianate, Gothic, Stick-style, Queen Anne, and Second Empire beginning in the mid 1850’s. If this was built in the 1880’s it was extremely outdated by at least 20 years and it’s style and size say a considerable expense was spent on its construction. One would not spend and build such a structure so out of place and time."
Farm Boy writes "The ladder in pic once was covered all the way to top, and tie
into barn on the bottom. It served two purposes, one to cover the ladder, the
other was a chute that would keep silage from flying all over when silo was
unloaded. They had a large cart to catch the silage at the bottom of the
ladder which would have been accessed from inside the barn."
4/10/13 roblgabe2013 writes "For all you silo explorers. Be very careful of the
possibilty of deadly amounts of Carbondioxide gas in silos. Its from the
fermentation of the insilage (yes it is insilage not silage). Many farmers die
every year working in their silos. I'm not saying every silo will have a problem
but why risk your lives any further!"