College Barn

In 1890, tuberculosis having gained a foothold in the college herd, Dr. James B. Law of Cornell, the most noted veterinarian in the country, was employed to make an examination of the college herd and spent several days examining every animal in the most thorough manner then known to science. After his examination, Dr. Law recommended the slaughter of two animals only, and it was hoped that there would be no further serious trouble. This hope was not realized, and Professor Brooks in his farm report for 1892, in a letter addressed to the president, urged the abandonment of the old barn and the construction of a new one.

The appropriation for the new barn and the moving of the farm house (now Blaisdell House) was made by the Legislature in 1893. Construction of the barn and stables was begun the same year and completed in the summer of 1894, the alumni dinner at commencement of that year being held on the floor of the new barn, into which the new-made hay had just begun to be stored. The stables were not completed until later in the fall. The barn and stables were regarded as the most complete and convenient, in many ways, of any in the country at that time. They were completely destroyed by fire in November, 1905. The foundations were not materially damaged and the barn and stables were rebuilt in 1906. A second fire which occurred August 15, 1908, destroyed the storage barn, but did not damage the cow stable. The storage part of the barn was rebuilt in 1909. June 18th of 1894 the old college barn was burned, the fire supposed to be of incendiary origin.

From Brief history of the Massachusetts agricultural college, semicentennial, 1917 by Caswell, Lilley B. (Lilley Brewer), 1848-

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