Winedale - Buildings & Decorative Arts -
Winedale's Theater Barn is a renovated and rebuilt hay barn adapted for use as an auditorium and stage to host lectures, plays, and musical productions. The hay barn was constructed in 1894 by the Wagner family, who used timbers from the old Samuel Lewis cotton gin of the 1850s that once stood to the north of the present site of Hazel's Lone Oak Cottage. In the 1960s the hay barn was converted into a theater. The original sides were extended with vented panels, the loft was partially removed to make room for theater balconies, and a two-tiered stage was built to accommodate various kinds of presentations. Today the Theater Barn hosts a variety of performances, including the popular Shakespeare at Winedale, presented by the University of Texas Department of English.