About the McGrady Post & Beam Barn

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About the McGrady Post & Beam Barn

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Indiana in the early 1900’s? The McGrady Post and Beam Barn in Hillsboro, Indiana will offer you the closest possible experience. You can peruse the collection of pre-World War II farming equipment, tractors, and automobiles, all the while gaining incredible perspective on what rural Indiana was like back then. Though it was built in 2011, the barn itself was built in the old fashioned post and and beam style that was used in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The collection contains countless pieces of Indiana history, the most prominent of which is a collection of priceless Studebaker automobiles. The trio boasts a pair of Studebaker trucks from the late 40’s, as well as a 1926 Studebaker Six. The Studebaker Corporation represents an important part of Indiana’s history.

Headquartered in South Bend, Studebaker originally manufactured non-motorized wagons for farmers and the military. That was, until 1902 when the company began producing automobiles, or “horseless carriages,” as they were called back then. Although electric vehicles are usually thought of as a recent innovation, Studebaker, and other car manufacturers, actually produced electric vehicles in the early 1900’s. Around 1911, Studebaker made the switch to combustion engines and went on to be a successful automobile manufacturer. You can view these incredible machines and much more at the McGrady Post & Beam Barn in Hillsboro, Indiana.

Scheduling Your Visit to the McGrady Barn

In an effort to preserve the history therein, groups must schedule tours of the historic barn ahead of time via phone call. To reiterate, there are no regular visiting hours, an appointment must be made. The barn is located at 680 S State Road 341 in Hillsboro, Indiana.

To make an appointment, call Doc McGrady at (765) 366-1391.

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