Antique corn crib in Merrimack needs a permanent home

The old corn crib in Richard Farrell’s backyard was built, he thinks, around 1800. For three generations it was on the farm owned by Claire and Harold Kent, but age and failing health forced the Kents to gradually subdivide, and then sell the family acres in South Merrimack near Naticook Pond.

The Kent house, Farrell said recently while showing off the corn crib, “has the date 1790 over the door.” His home is across the street from the old farm house and was once part of the Kent farm.

“The house is pretty much the same as it was in 1790,” he said.

Farrell and his late wife moved to Merrimack from Nashua in 1987. They knew the Kents, he said, “and we used to sort of looked out for the old couple, starting back in the ’70s, and they gave us this lot.”

They lived on Amherst Street, Farrell said, “across from where the (community) college is,” an area that is “not what it used to be.” He prefers the “nice quiet neighborhood” where he now lives.

The property was subdivided in 1990, Farrell added, “and I had the corn crib moved here. Picked it up with a back hoe.”

Now, since his wife passed away, he lives alone with his two dogs, a great Dane and a Yorkie, and he would like to find a permanent place for the little building. He has kept it in repair, fixed the roof, put it up on blocks to protect the floor. It is painted barn red.

It is a traditional corn crib with flared and slatted sides and a wood shingled roof now growing some moss. He has added screens to the back to keep out the raccoons, he said. A neighbor uses it for storage.

The corn crib, he said, “Is something old and I hate to see it deteriorate. They really built things to last back then. I want others to enjoy it.”

Farrell added, it’s good “to keep a little of the old and remember the past.”

He has not yet contacted the Merrimack Historical Society, but “if they are interested, I’d be happy to part with it.”

Farrell is listed in the phone book and can be reached at 882-8423.