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Farm family in front of their barn, somewhere in Pennsylvania, circa 1890.
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Black and white image of Farmer and wife each holding horses by their reins. To the left is the white farmhouse with a porch and slate roof. The barn and outer building is behind the farmer. The outhouse is behind his wife.

Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Commonwealth's most distinctive architectural form, the Pennsylvania barn served many functions. Large barns, like the one pictured here, speak to the great productivity of farms across the state.

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