History of the American Farmhouse-Style Home

History of the American Farmhouse-Style Home

Over 43% of the land in the state of Tennessee is farmland; most of which stretches beyond the Nashville area in counties such as Williamson County, Wilson County, and Sumner County. Middle Tennessee is what one would truly call “Country” living, enriched with the humble yet hardworking lifestyle of farming. This brings me to the history of the American Farmhouse Style Home.


A farmhouse is the general term for the main house of a farm. It is a type of building or house that serves a residential purpose in a rural or agricultural setting, allowing families to live where they “reap what they sow”. Traditionally common were farmhouses which were combined with living spaces for animals, called housebarns. Some farm houses are connected to one or more barns built to form a courtyard.


The orthodox American farmhouse was typically built utilizing the local current building style and materials and pairing it with agricultural adaptations that differentiated it from its urban counterparts. Forms and styles varied greatly from region to region but commonly remained simplistic and practical to serve the basic needs and budget of the property owners. The most elementary American farmhouses were the log cabin and sod house as shown below.




As time progressed from the 19th century onward, American farmhouses graduated to more formal styles such as the Greek Revival, Italianate, Carpenter Gothic and the Queen Anne as displayed below.

Key Elements

·        Rural location. Farmhouses were, by definition, located on agricultural land and were designed to function around a farming lifestyle.


·        Functional porches. Porches were a transitional space in a farmhouse. Dad and the kids could leave their muddy boots outside so the wooden floors inside stayed clean.


·        Formal and informal spaces. The front of the house served as the formal area, and a large kitchen and the staircase to the bedrooms were housed in the back.


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Reference:  Wikipedia.com, HGTV.com 


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