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Rural Heritage Museum exhibit features cupolas

August 10, 2004

If you have ever asked yourself "Why Do Barns Have Cupolas?" you'll find the answer at the new exhibit at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.

The centerpiece of the display is a 10-foot-tall cupola, manufactured by Danzer Metal Works of Hagerstown. This cupola originally was mounted atop a barn at the Reel farm on Sharpsburg Pike.

Pictures of barns and their cupolas from Washington County and neighboring southern Pennsylvania show some of the extraordinary variety of these structures.

"Why Do Barns Have Cupolas?" will continue until the end of the museum's season, Oct. 31. The "Dairying the Way it Used to Be" exhibit continues as well.

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Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

The museum is at the Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), and is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. To schedule a group visit for all other times or for more information, call 240-313-2839.

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