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Another out-building seen frequently in the Vermont landscape is the silo. These tall structures stored the grain or silage (fermented corn stalks used to feed cattle during the winter months).

By the 1890s, free-standing silos were being constructed adjacent to dairy barns. These early silos were generally squared, wooden structures with gable roofs, seen in the images below.

Square, Wooden Silos Square, Wooden Silos

Square, Wooden Silos: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser, A Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings, 1997.

During the 1900s, polygonal wood silos of eight or ten sides were constructed.

Polygonal Wood Silo

Polygonal Wood Silo: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser.

From the 1890s through the 1940s, the wooden stave silo was popular. Constructed like a large barrel, the silo consisted of adjustable steel hoops holding together grooved, vertical, wood staves, as seen in the image below.

Wooden Stave Silo

Wooden Stave Silo: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser.

During the early 1900s, many silos were constructed of large, stacked, interlocking rings of poured concrete, seen in the images below.

Poured Concrete Silos Poured Concrete Silos

Poured Concrete Silos: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.

Concrete stave silos began to appear in the early 1900s and soon became the most popular silo in Vermont, still being built today. Like the wooden stave silo, adjustable steel hoops held concrete staves in place, as seen in the images below.

Concrete Stave Silos Concrete Stave Silos

Concrete Stave Silos: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.

During the 1920s and 1930s, some glazed tile silos were constructed.

Glazed Tile Silo

Glazed Tile Silo: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser.

In the 1960s and 1970s, steel silos were constructed, as seen in the image below.

Steel Silos

Steel Silos: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser.

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