Not all San Juan County barns are located on the four ferry-served islands (Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw). The Krumdiack Homestead Barn is a witness to a time when it was just as easy (or difficult) to live and farm on a (now considered) remote island because everyone was travelling throughout the San Juans by boat. Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Krumdiack (1854-1936) was born in Hanorver Province, Germany, and emigrated to the Hawaiian Islands to work on a sugar plantation. After a short time in Port Townsend working as a brewer, he and his family moved with his sister and her husband to Waldron Island, where he filed for a homestead in 1890. Krumdiack worked as a cordwood cutter and did subsistence farming on the place.
The Krumdiack Farm consists of a log house, timberframe barn, and several agricultural outbuildings. The barn, which measures 42′ wide by 57′ long, has a center drive flanked by two sheds. It has a long gable roof with a shed to the west. The log ridge pole rests upon two 20-foot high tree trunks. The walls are enclosed with cedar board-and-batten siding.
The Krumdiak Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a signal example of a pioneer family farm, and the barn is the centerpiece.