At the turn of the 20th century Samuel Gilman owned Gilman Bros. Country Store located at the head of Silver Lake opposite the Madison Railroad Station. This store offered dry and fancy goods, crockery and glassware, fruits and vegetables, hay and grain, and flour and feed. “In Fact Everything Generally Found in a First-Class, Up-to-Date Country Store.”
In 1904 Samuel Gilman hired Eugene Alley, general contractor, and Zantford Savary to build what became known as Meadowview Cottage. Zantford Savary provided the intricate shingle pattern that appears on both the front of the house and the barn. When originally constructed, the connecting building between the barn and house had a dirt floor and was used as a wood shed. The barn itself was built on a stone foundation and the basement was always used for rough storage. The second floor of the barn was used for hay storage and to raise chickens.
Since its original construction this barn has gone through multiple uses. In the 1940’s and 50’s it was a garage; it has been used as a wood working shop; and when the property was used as a Bed & Breakfast, the barn served as the pub for guests. The current owners, Joe Ferreira and Nancy Carlson converted the upstairs of the barn into living space even incorporating the interior of the cupola into part of the ceiling. This newest of the barns on tour is a fine example of how simple utilitarian barn space and structure can be preserved and reworked to provide unique, comfortable residential quarters.