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Two books include Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix by Penny Colman (ASJA Press, 2007) and Dorothea Dix: Social Reformer by Barbara Witteman (Bridgestone Books, 2003).
In different areas of the United States, people built different kinds of barns. See a history of barns at the Antique Farming website.
A children's book is Tuttle's Red Barn by Richard Michelson (Putnam Juvenile, 2007). A book with pictures is The Ultimate Book of Historic Barns: History, Legend, Lore, Form, Function, Symbolism, Romance by Robin Langley Sommer (Thunder Bay Press, 2000).