The barn was constructed into the side of a hill to allow access to a basement level, as seen in the image below.Side-Hill English Barn: Image courtesy of Thomas Visser.High-drive bank barns became popular after the mid-19 century.

These barns, seen in the images below, had covered high-drive ramps.

Covered High-Drive Bank Barns: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.

By the late 1880s and 1890s, larger, three or four story high-drive bank barns were constructed.

High-Drive Bank Barns: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.

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Greg's knowledge of the history of Pennsylvania German barns is extraordinary.Gable-Front Barns: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.Bank barns began to replace older barns in the mid-19 century. The basement was accessible from the lower level, while the main floor could be accessed from the upper level, as seen in the image below.Extended English Barns: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.Side-hill English barns were constructed in the 1820s and 1830s.Ground-Level Stable Barns: Images courtesy of Thomas Visser.