Living in Gettysburg, PA, you can't help but feel surrounded by the history of the region, from the homes to the small out-of-the-way local businesses. One of the most popular destinations for locals is the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market, located just eight miles west of Gettysburg.
The Historic Round Barn and Farm Market is one of very few round barns still standing across the United States. In the late 1800s, many agricultural colleges began touting the round barn design as the hallmark of progressive farming. As many sought to bring industrial efficiency to farming, it was believe that the round design gave the barn a greater volume-to-surface ratio. Round barns were also cheaper to construct, as they required fewer building materials. Round barn enthusiasts also claimed to circular interior allowed a farmer to work more efficiently in a continuous direction.
By the 1920s, changes in farm equipment and the way farmers worked left most of those claims baseless, leading to the gradual phase-out of round barns.
The Historic Round Barn and Farm Market outside of Gettysburg was built at the end of the era--around 1914. It is one of the few like it still standing throughout the nation, and lives on as a testament to a bygone era. Today, it exists as a family-owned farmer's market and special events venue. It's been in operation by the Knouse family since 1994.
Hours vary by season. Opening day typically occurs sometime near the end of April, and their regular hours of 9am to 5pm daily continue through Labor Day. After that, they are open for limited Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours during November, 9am to 5pm.
Inside, the high vaulted ceilings house a huge selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. They also sell a wide variety of locally produced jams, jellies, butters, spreads, preserves, baked goods and all the other trappings you would come to expect from a Gettysburg farmer's market. In November, there's also apples and fresh-squeezed apple cider.
To reach the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, just head out of town approximately eight miles on Route 30, and look for the signs.
The rich history of the Gettysburg area is on display for all to see from the moment you set foot in our little corner of the world. If you've been dreaming about setting down roots here, contact one of our REALTORS® in Gettysburg today.