This Barn


This is one of my favorite views of my barn, from back behind the goat yard. Last summer, I had the barn roof re-coated. This year, I’m having the barn painted. I’m determined to take care of my favorite old barn in the whole world. (Still can’t believe I HAVE A BARN.)

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 9, 2013  

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  1. 3-9

    I love old barns too. You are so lucky to have this one and I agree, I love the view. :)

  2. 3-9

    Love this view of your barn. Is that a little bridge over the creek?

  3. 3-9

    I have a little bridge I had built over the creek closer to the house. That in the photo is just a pile of some old telephone poles that are there for some reason.

  4. 3-9

    I guess you need to get an outhouse too…. remembering your past photo obsessions.

  5. 3-9

    Suzanne, your farm is more and more beautiful every time I see it. I too like old buildings especially barns. I wonder how good it the foundation?

  6. 3-10

    Re the barn’s foundation, it’s very sturdy, no problems there. I’ve had the whole barn looked over.

  7. 3-10

    Wonderful, rustic old barns are so fast disappearing from the American landscape. I’ve wondered if there is any movement to save them! I love this photo–hoping it is for sale!

  8. 3-10

    YES, there are a lot of initiatives in various states to save historic barns. The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( all kinds of preservation grants. The National Barn Alliance ( has some nice information and links on their website if you’re interested and publishes The Barn Journal which you can read online. Fantastic pictures of old barns.

    Unfortunately while some really fantastic examples have been saved it is all too common here in the midwest to drive by falling down barns and for folks to pull barns apart for their timber. Well, I guess you can’t have everything saved and it is better to have them recycled and enjoyed in new ways than rot away or get burned by vandals.

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