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Maintaining and Restoring Vintage Barns
If you have an old barn in the country, it may have fallen into disrepair. If it's over 100 years old, the barn has the wear-and-tear of many years on its roof, walls and support beams. Repairing such a barn can be expensive and a daunting task.
Maybe it's because I grew up on a farm in Kansas, but I hate to see a neglected barn. As I drive down the highway, I feel sad to see an old red barn sagging and with peeling paint. In some cases, the paint is long gone. As the number of family farms dwindles, more and more we see these forgotten and uncared for barns.
Once it was the showplace of that farm; filled with livestock and supply of hay for the winter. Barns are an important part of our rural architectural heritage. If you have an old barn and are trying to save it, you'll find some useful links and resources below.
People Share Their Memories and Feelings for Old Barns
Brandi from Maryland - "I just love old barns. I love the history, the lines, the old stuff you find inside...our property in Utah had a big old barn and we found out it used to be the train station and had been moved to the property about 50 years before we bought it. It was so interesting!"
davenjilli lm - "My good friend just lost their barn that is 100+ years old. They live in the house her husband was raised in here in Southern Idaho. So sad to see the old barn down."
NC Shepherd - "I love old barns. We have several barns that have been repurposed...into a restaurant, a store, a house. Living in the agricultural center of Ohio, I've watched many barns slide into disrepair and eventually disappear. We do have an organization that tries to preserve them, as well as a timber-framing business that helps with restoration. It all comes down to money."
SPhilbrick - "Barns in Maine and other cold climates definitely suffer from the weight of snow and ice. I have a friend with a lovely old barn that you can absolutely feel it's timelessness when you go inside. Unfortunately, it too needs a complete overhaul and she hasn't the resources to restore."
Sam - "We have a old tobacco barn on some property we purchased. We'd like to move it across the street to our place since there's more room and redo it and make it into my jewelry and handbag store."
mrducksmrnot - "I love those old barns and the old timbers used to make them. I also noted with interest the lightning rods you would almost always see on old barns and farmhouses. They are still available and great to have especially in areas like Kansas where lightning storms come often. I'm from the Western NC Mountains and barns are being turned into houses that are really beautiful. Save the Barns was always a community project back in earlier years but folks just don't see the main reason for the barn was a home, shelter, storage place for all the farm animals and food and a great place to get out of the nasty weather for a while.
Barns throughout the country were often used as a billboard so to speak. Either on the side of the barn or the roof. Most advertisers would paint the barn or roof and keep it up for free advertising. We need to get back to the old ways as this would save on all the billboards being constructed."
Diane Cass I love old barns. When I lived in Vermont, the countryside was full of them. One in our town was over 200 years old, made of all hand-hewn timbers. We watched one old, leaning barn fall to its doom, and our neighbors dairy barn burn to the ground one below-zero night. Many people clean them up and turn them into unique homes. It makes me feel sad when something that old and lovingly made is destroyed but makes me happy to see them get a new life.
Moving a NH Barn to the South (Video from Barnwood Builders Series)
Sources for Supplies and Info to Help with a Barn Project - Rescue an old barn
Need lighting for your old barn? How about getting a feasibility study done or having someone dismantle and reassemble the barn? Check out the resources I've found for this.
- The Original Barn Light: Rustic Lighting, Sign Lighting, Wall Sconces, Pendant Lighting, Chandeliers - Made in the USA source for wall sconces, pendant lighting, sign lighting, ceiling fans, chandeliers and The Original Barn Light. BarnLightElectric has many lighting styles; barn lighting, rustic lighting, country, cabin and lodge styles.
- The Barn People - Vintage Barns Dismantled and Reassembled - Feasibility Studies - Consulting - Restoration - Preservation The site includes: Barns Explained, Inventory, Dismantling, Restoration, Reassembly, Completed Projects, Photo Galleries
- Michigan Barn Preservation Network - Barns are economic resources and symbols of our agriculture heritage. They are attractive images on the landscape. The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is committed to the rehabilitation of barns for agricultural, commercial, residential, and public use.
- John High, The Barnsaver - His slogan is "Reclaiming History for America's Future. Recycling Barns Since 1990
Books about Restoring Barns on Amazon - Available from Amazon
Do You Own a Barn?
Here's a Project to Save the Old Barns in Maine
It's great to see an individual take the initiative to call attention to the rapid deterioration and loss of old barns.
In an area like Maine, the heavy winter snows can collapse any barn that's already sagging. The old timbers may have lasted a hundred years or more but finally age and neglect take their toll.
Click on the link to see Timothy Parks' barn paintings. Beautiful Ruins by Timothy Parks
Timothy Parks is raising funds for Beautiful Ruins on Kickstarter! An artist's backroads odyssey to capture the beauty of Maine's old barns...before they disappear!
Have You Heard of Barn Quilts? - Read about how this kind of tourism helps an area
In Sac County, Iowa, many vintage barns are ornamented with a brightly-painted barn quilt. The idea was to call attention to the annual quilt show, but draws many tourists to the area to see the old barns and their displayed art piece.
The idea is catching on in quite a few areas. Here are links to some locales where you can view barn quilts.
Two Minute Video Shows the Making and Hanging of a Barn Quilt
Barn Quilts - What Are They and Where Can You See Them?
Barn quilts are wood quilt blocks that are attached to barns and other buildings as public art. Quite a few areas have established driving tours known as Quilt Trails to get tourists off the Interstate highways and cruising down country roads to see art painted on a barn. Read more about these at Barn Quilts ... Covering Barns Across Rural America.
Places with Barn Quilts to See
- The Barn Quilts of Sac County Iowa - the colorful 8-foot square designs are attached to barns that are 50 years old or more.
- "Way Back When" Barn Quilts
- Green County Barn Quilts
Barn quilts to tour in Green County, Wisconsin.
- Barn Quilt Capital of Iowa-Washington County Iowa
Barn Quilts of Washington County Iowa
Example of a Stone Barn
More Links to Help with Your Restoration - of an old barn
More web pages to help with restoring, dismantling and researching your aging barn.
- Old barns - identifying, restoring, fixing & remodeling plus personal memories from the This Old House site.
- Restoring Your Barn - Questions to Ask before Starting - This helps you sort through some questions and get your thinking straight before starting.
- How to Determine the Age of Wood Beams in a Barn | eHow.com
If you're planning to demolish an old barn, possibly because it has become unstable and unsafe or possibly because you need the acreage for another purpose, it's important to document the barn. There may even be a requirement to do so if it is historic.
More Helpful Sites for Saving Old Barns - Subscribe to the Barn Journal or Other Magazines about Barns
Check out the web page which has useful information.
- The Barn Journal is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture.
- Magazine: Iowa Barn Foundation is dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural agricultural buildings by giving barn tours and raising money.
- The BARN Again Program is a project put together by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine. Check out the advice they offer.
You Can Make a Barn Poster - Using Zazzle and Sell It Online
This can be a way to raise funds for your barn restoration. Make posters, mugs, tote bags, cards, etc. on Zazzle (a print-on-demand site). It costs nothing to put your photo on lots of products which are featured online. You don't have to handle the sales, the products, or the shipping. Zazzle takes care of all that and you get a commission from each item sold.
Use Photos of Your Barn to Earn Money
- You can put your own photos on products at Zazzle or Cafe Press to sell online. The sites offer mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, posters and many other products. There is no charge to you, just sign up and add your photos or artwork.
Promote the products to locals and tourists, perhaps with a flyer at the chamber of commerce. They can go to the online site to buy a mug or poster with your barn on it. You get a commission for each sale.
Click on this example of a barn poster to get an idea. Look around Zazzle for more details on joining the site.
More to Come
As I find more resources, I'll add them here. This listing is not complete.
Be sure to look at adjacent states for some barn specialist that may be useful to you.
Connecticut - Resources for Saving a Barn in Connecticut
The funding on some historic trusts and government funding comes and goes. Check on each of these to see the current status of their funding.
- Historic Barn Grants | Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation
What is the Barns Grant: an historic preservation technical assistance and granting program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, with funding from the Connecticut General Assembly.
- Historic Barns of Connecticut (a blog)
Check this blog now and then to see if there is any news of funding. Better yet, subscribe to the blog to get regular updates from it.
Georgia - Resources for Saving a Barn in Georgia
- Grants | Historic Preservation Division -- Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Find out about grants available from the state of Georgia for preservation. They did give a grant to repair a barn that was part of a literary site in the state.
Indiana - Resources to Save a Barn in Indiana
- Indiana Landmarks - Rural Preservation
Each year, Indiana Landmarks's Rural Preservation Council honors Hoosiers who show exemplary stewardship of historic agricultural landmarks.
- Indiana Landmarks - Grants and Loans
Preserving historic landmarks requires research, restoration skills, commitment, enthusiasm-and money. Indiana Landmarks designed our grant and loan programs to help local preservation organizations save and restore historic places. We keep the paper
Octagon Barn in Iowa
Iowa - Resources for Saving a Barn in Iowa
- Iowa Barn Savers
Barn Savers find, inspect, preserve, disassemble and assist in transporting antique barns located in NE Iowa to your location - incorporate a piece of American History into your life.
- The Iowa Barn Foundation
Iowa Barn Foundation Web site. Find information about barn preservation and restoration, awards of distinction, matching grants, tax incentives, and farm conservancy.
Kansas - Resources for Saving a Barn in Kansas
- Kansas Barn Alliance
Welcome to the home page of the Kansas Barn Alliance, Inc., a Kansas not-for-profit organized in 2006 to discover, memorialize and preserve the story of rural Kansas, especially barns.
- Find Funding, Kansas State Historical Society
Grants and Incentives Heritage Trust Fund (HTF) Competitive grant program for projects on national and state register-listed buildings Tax Credits Federal and State income tax credits for rehabilitating historic buildings Historic Preservation Fund (
- Schamber Historic Preservation
Saving an old building from the wrecking ball gives us great satisfaction. We have consulted with the Kansas State Historical Society and its' architects on many historical sites in Kansas and worked on five of the states' 17 historical sites.
Maryland - Resources to Save Old Barns in Maryland
- Barn Restoration and Structural Repair
Barn Restoration and Structural Repair
- Tobacco Barns - Preservation Maryland
Southern Maryland Tobacco Barn Initiative The initiative, which will be administered by Preservation Maryland, attempts to comprehensively address the threats facing tobacco barns through funding, public policy, outreach and education, survey, and in
Massachusetts - Resources for Saving a Barn in Massachusetts
- Barn Restoration :: Colonial Barn Restoration - Timber Frame Specialists
Barn Restoration Colonial Barn Restoration specializes in restoring timer frame barns including copulas, roofs, sills, and structural work. They also work on barn conversions.
Resources for Saving a Barn in Michigan
- Michigan Barn Preservation Network (Facebook Group)
This is a group on Facebook with over 500 members. The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is an active state-wide 501(c) 3 organization of barn owners and enthusiasts. MBPN fosters sharing of barn experiences, hosts an annual conference, publishes a
- Michigan Barn Preservation Network
Learn more about this state-wide network.
New York - Resources for Saving a Barn in New York State
- New York State Barn Coalition
New York State Barn Restoration and Preservation Grant Program
A Well Cared for Barn in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania - Resources for Saving a Barn in Pennsylvania
- John High, The Barnsaver (Pennsylvania)
RECLAIMING HISTORY FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE:Recycling Barns Since 1990 - Lots of useful information "A Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes state grants to provide owners with half the costs of restoring pre-1880 barns. The bill by Rep. Mark Keller would estab
- 18th Century Restorations, Inc.
Located in Pottstown, PA., they specialize in period correct restoration and preservation maintenance of historic structures.
- Historic Barn & Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania
Find out about meetings, barn tours and read the newsletter for this organization.
A Texas Barn
Texas - Resources for Saving a Barn in Texas
- Heritage Barns
At Heritage Barns we locate, document, dismantle, and restore fine, 18th and 19th century barns and timber-frame homes for reuse as unique historic residences, offices and work places. We make custom doors, flooring, staircases, trusses and millwork
Vermont - Resources for Saving a Barn in Vermont
- Vermont Division For Historic Preservation - Financing Assistance, Barn Grants
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has had a 50/50 matching grants program to assist owners of historic agricultural buildings (barns, corn cribs, sheds, grist mills, etc.) since 1991.
- Welcome To Barn People - We LOVE Barns!
We're glad you dropped by The Barn People. We've been dismantling, restoring and reassembling vintage Vermont barns for over thirty five years.
- Vermont Barn Census
Click Here to see some of the barns we've mapped! A Project of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, University of Vermont Historic Preservati
- Barn Grants | Agency of Commerce & Community Development
Vermont.gov > Historic Preservation > Grants and Financial Agency of Commerce & Community Development
Wisconsin - Resources for Saving a Barn in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin's Historic Buildings of the Wisconsin Historical Society
On this site you can find information on Wisconsin's historic barns, information on proper rehabilitation techniques for historic barns, information about financial assistance available to barn owners, and links to organizations that assist barn owne
- Save a Barn books
Wisconsin Barns Copies ordered here will be signed by the authors. Take a tour of the Barns of Wisconsin with photographer Ernest J. Schweit and writer Nancy Schumm-Burgess. The 80 page book features 107 photos of Wisconsins treasures, and history an
National Resources and Programs for Barns
Besides looking at grants available in the state-by-state list above, look around for nationwide programs to preserve vintage barns.
- Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings - Barns
PDF file from the National Park Service
- BARN AGAIN!
When the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine launched BARN AGAIN! in 1987, historic barns were considered doomed. Obsolete for modern farming needs and too expensive to maintain as family heirlooms, old barns appe
- National Barn Alliance
The National Barn Alliance is a nation-wide, non-profit organization coordinating these efforts to save America's Historic Barns. Our members are farmers and city dwellers, students, historical groups, timberframers, and lots of people who just love
A research tool and directory of resources for historic preservation and cultural resource preservation. Links to grants and funding for historic preservation.
Campbell's Soup & Old Barns - and other programs to help old barns
- Restoring old barns: Restoring old barns
The Barn Again! program has spiked a renewed interest in preserving the character of rural America by encouraging people to renovate their existing barns instead of building new structures. National Trust for Historic Preservation
Books on Finding and Applying for Grants - to save an old barn
You can borrow books like these from the public library. Ask to see their grant directories. Usually these are in the reference section or the library may subscribe to an online grants and foundation directory.
Anything to Add?
Please add a note in the comment section if you know of foundations, grants, government aid, or other resources for saving a barn.
Barns Saved and Repurposed- Success Stories
Read about others who've succeeded in restoring their barn and see how they did it. I'm amazed at the unique uses for old barns. People are very inventive in converting these into homes or businesses.
- Willow Decor: Historic Barn Restoration - This barn had partially collapsed but the rear part of it was rebuilt. Check out how that project went.
- This Old House Magazine - How To Take One Old Barn and Call It Home - Barns are large spaces with high roofs so when they are turned into living space, it's awesome.
Barn Restoration - Even More Success Stories
- Barn Restoration News Articles Colonial Barn Restoration - Timber Frame Specialists
Barn Restoration News Articles Colonial Barn Restoration specializes in restoring timer frame barns including copulas, roofs, sills, and structural work.
- Trillium Dell-Barn Restoration
Trillium Dell Timberworks dismantled, restored, and re-erected this c. 1870 barn multipurpose barn onto a new bank foundation at a new location. The barn was an early "scientific barn."
See One Barn Restored
People Who Are Saving a Barn - Their Story
- A Barn Raising Experience (Michigan)
Click the images below to see larger photographs with captions. Five years ago, my husband and I bought a farmhouse and dilapidated barn in Homer, Michigan. The house, not more than a shack, needed immediate attention.
- Project to Save a Barn in West Ft Bend County, Texas
Look at what this project is trying to do and how they are working to preserve a barn.
An Old Barn Waiting to Collapse
Sad News of Historic Barns Torn Down
- Historic Cedar Falls barn demolished last week - TimesRepublican.com
Central Iowa News from The Times Republican, the source for news, sports and information on Marshalltown and Central Iowa.
- Historic Southborough barn demolished today - Southborough, MA
"It's no longer in use, it's rotting, the roof is leaking and it's now become a liability," Jericho Hill Road resident Dave Johnson said yesterday.
More News of Barns Collapsing
- Outlook Farm owners file suit in barn collapse
A lawsuit filed Thursday has Bradford and Erin Morse seeking more than $200,000 in damages from David D. Parker Structural Restoration. The Brattleboro, Vt., company was in the process of rebuilding the historic structure when it collapsed in Februar
- Wind Causes Further Collapse of Round Barn
Strong winds Thursday may have finished off what Mother Nature began last month on a century-old round barn on Saginaw Road south of Joplin.
Fundraising Ideas to Save Old Barns
Make a calendar to sell as a fundraiser.
Last week, as part of a project Evans initiated called Artists for Barns, he and 16 artists from around New England set up their easels on the Milstones' property and got to work painting the barn. That is, pictures of the barn.
Make a Video to Solicit Donations to Save a Barn
The first YouTube video is a wonderful example of this. Possibly you could get Kickstarter funding for your old barn. Take a look at the Kickstarter Basic FAQs to see how it might work for you.
Getting Local Help for an Old Barn
In this news story, a local rescue team practices shoring up a building to prevent collapsing. This provided a valuable service to a barn owner while giving the firefighters some experience.
- Bucks rescue task force preserves historic barn while practicing simulated disaster - Morning Call
Firefighters and other members of a specialized rescue team from Bucks County were in Hilltown Township practicing how to save a building from collapsing. And by it, they were saving history.
Get Ideas for Decorating the Barn for Christmas
Make your barn a destination during the holiday season. Get people to come see the decorations, maybe charge a small admission fee for hot cider and a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.
- Decorating a Horse Barn for Christmas
Decorating a Horse Barn for Christmas. We have a huge boarding barn (for horse).
- MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Decorating your barn - Would you think of making an oversized wreath from barbed wire? Check out the other suggestions in this forum.
- Christmas Decorations?? - Baywind Farm Horse Forum - Christmas Decorations?? Why not. Check out their ideas.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Virginia Allain
Are You a Fan of Old Barns?
Jim Houston from Wilmer, Alabama on May 29, 2014:
Really nice lens. The old barns are really enchanted places with a story in each one.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 13, 2014:
@felixthehat: that's marvelous! I wish you the best in rehabbing it.
felixthehat on April 13, 2014:
I just made an offer on an old farm in Maine and I'm so excited about the barn. It needs some work, but I want to make it into a gallery/studio space for artists. It's really big, 2 stories, post and beam, dry. The charm factor is off the charts. Hope I can use some of these great resources to get it fixed up.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on March 05, 2014:
@akscotto: It's a lot easier to self-publish a book these days and I've done several family history books using blurb.com.
In the search line (upper right), put blurb and have it search to find my articles on that.
Jim Houston from Wilmer, Alabama on March 05, 2014:
This was a rememberance of what our heritage truly is and possibly what we have lost as a country. We live in the country and have older neighbors who lived this culture while sustaining our country. Strange the way times change and very unfortunate. Great lens. JimHouston33
akscotto on February 06, 2014:
I have lost 2 old barns(2 different properties) and two wives withholding. However, my interest is in preserving/photos/a d history of out houses/and wanting to produce a book about the same. Any ideas that you may have would be beneficial.
Meganhere on October 24, 2013:
I love barns! Sadly, they're rare in Australia. Nice lens.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 29, 2013:
@mayraborcea: Local and state governments have pulled back on funding for restoration since the economic downturn. It is tough to find money to fix up even a historic barn.
mayraborcea on July 29, 2013:
Great lens! I have seen some old barns that really need to be restored but (I was told) they have a hard time getting funds to renovate them....
Rosanna Grace on July 03, 2013:
Wow! What a comprehensive resource for barn restoration ideas and resources! :)
kiwikitkat on July 03, 2013:
Yes, you're right there are a lot of old barns out there that are screaming for some renovation. Very interesting lens!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 28, 2013:
@KTPT13: I think of them as part of our country's architectural heritage.
KTPT13 on June 28, 2013:
I see a lot of these old barns that you describe here. They would be much nicer all fixed up. Great resource list.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 21, 2013:
@blestman lm: Great idea and surely more interesting than standard paneling from the big box store.
blestman lm on June 21, 2013:
Great lens. Thank you. My father-in-law built the inside of his house out of old barn wood because he wanted something that would stand up to rambunctious children
Fit And Fab on March 27, 2013:
There is something very warm and reassuring about barns. I had not given much thought to the shape and style though. Great lens. :-)
gin001 on March 23, 2013:
I really enjoyed your lens. I have fond memories of playing in my grandparents old barn. Thanks for sharing.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on March 03, 2013:
@michalk lm: Good idea that I'll follow up on. I'll feature some here.
michalk lm on March 03, 2013:
There are so many jigsaw puzzles of barns cause they're so interesting
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2013:
@jean valdor: How about a bar in a barn then? ;-)
anonymous on February 14, 2013:
I live in old barn country and never gave this a thought. Very interesting read.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 13, 2013:
@wahponywoo2: With 5 siblings, we had plenty of players to scramble around in the hay loft for such games. Thanks for the memories your comment evoked.
Steven from Las Vegas on February 13, 2013:
Growing up in Iowa I spent a lot of time in my grandfathers barn and it was always a place of magic to me... I can't tell you how many dragons I slayed or outlaws I corralled :) Very interesting lens!
dahlia369 on February 13, 2013:
One thing is for sure. These old barns have a lot of characters and that's something I can appreciate in any kind of building. I had to stop by again to take a second look at all the colorful images.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 28, 2013:
@Anthony Altorenna: I love reading about someone restoring an old barn. Quite a job, though.
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on January 28, 2013:
It's such a shame to see so many rustic old barns falling in on themselves, though they make you wonder about their history and the folks who built them. Fortunately, there are people with vision (and resources) to bring many of these wonderful old buildings back to life.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 27, 2013:
@mrknowitall54321: An old barn is quite scenic and reminds us of the agricultural history in our country. They should be preserved.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 24, 2013:
@salsa-dancing: Surprisingly there are quite a few people who are trying to find funding or materials or skilled renovators for old barns. The page has been quite popular.
ricber on January 20, 2013:
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CSC-Austria on January 14, 2013:
Wow! This article made me falling in love with old barns! It must be great to be able to restore one and use it for living. I guess I know what to do in about ten years. Thanks!
carolweez on January 06, 2013:
Restoring old buildings were what my father's life was about. Naturally I visited many jobs with him as I grew older and it developed a very strong connection between me and neglected buildings. Sometimes you wish these buildings could talk, I can only imagine the stories we would be hearings. Beautiful lens.
waldenthreenet on December 16, 2012:
Most valuable topic. Old Barns part of historic rehabs can become hub of community activities sometimes. I have attended antique events and know of barn dance events here in Virginia. Need one more lense on this topic from you in future. Thanks.
Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on December 07, 2012:
Absolutely one of the best lens I've come across to date! Well deserving of the Purple Star! Raised as a small-town farmer's daughter, I've been inspired to "go back to my humble roots," and "save" the family farm. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Kevin Matson on October 21, 2012:
What an interesting lens! I've passed so many barns in the past and I never thought about them twice. I will definitely pay more attention when I see them in the future.
BTOReilly on September 22, 2012:
If a barn is too far gone to restore, you can always salvage the wood for something like the Texas Tiny Houses, too.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 19, 2012:
@Squidviews: I'd like to take more barn photos, but hubby drives us and he hates to stop every half mile for my picture taking.
Squidviews on September 19, 2012:
What an interesting lens. I love driving in the country, and when I see an old barn or the remnants of one, I often stop to take a picture, especially the ones with the old advertisements painted on them.
anonymous on September 13, 2012:
Just found your web page. Very interesting, inspiring, and motivating. Good to know that I am not alone. Am currently restoring a 100 year old barn (40 by 32)
family barn in North Carolina.from the sills up.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 09, 2012:
@anonymous: You might try a product calledBarn Odor Destroyer and Manure Digester.
anonymous on September 09, 2012:
i just recently purchased a property that has an 85 yr old barn on it. it was primarily used for a chicken farm, i shoveled all the poop and pressure washed it all out clean but the smell is making me wonder if it was worth it!! how do i clean it to make it to make it sanitary??
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 09, 2012:
@Sojourn: Now that sounds like another web page that someone should do... the stories behind old barns.
Sojourn on September 09, 2012:
When I visit my parents on the east coast, I see lots of old barns. Some have been repurposed and others are sitting dark and lonely. I never can help wondering what they were like in their prime and why they're abandoned today. They seem to have their own stories to tell, don't they?
anonymous on September 03, 2012:
Fantastic site! We've got an old barn whose one foundation wall, sadly, is collapsing. Found some really helpful and encouraging info here. Have bookmarked the site, and will be back to visit often. Thanks!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 29, 2012:
@anonymous: It's inspiring to hear of a barn being renovated. Best of luck to you on your project and for your husband's health.
anonymous on July 29, 2012:
Love, love, love the information on old barnes. My husband and I are in the middle of restoring our barn on our family farm that we purchased in 2005. We dismantled an entire barn board by board in the area that was going to be demolished. We used the saved wood to put our barn back together. Before our restoration began, my husband at 59 years of age, was diagnosed with two forms of blood cancer. The barn project went nowhere in dealing with my husbands illness - until this year. This year we hired a group to put on a new roof and save the exterior. We still have a long way to go but it is truly a labor of love..
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2012:
@oakstreet: I use a lot of Zazzle images (I'm an affiliate and earn referrals). As far as the layout of the lens, I just kept adding to it over the months. As a librarian, I research quite a bit online and found all the barn grants and barn restoration services. Those have been popular with visitors to this page.
oakstreet on July 23, 2012:
Beautiful pictures and many useful information on saving a barn. Especially the template of your len, wow ! How did you do that ? Great len and a "like" from me.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 10, 2012:
@lclchors: It's sad to see them like that, but you are right they photograph well to the end.
lclchors on July 10, 2012:
We have one that was too far gone when we bought the farm but it has made for great photos
Lenskeeper on June 11, 2012:
Nice job. I love old barns, the look and the nostalgia. I have done a couple of lenses on barns and barn wood as well.
CameronPoe on June 09, 2012:
Wow. Didn't realize that barns are such historic monuments that ought to be preserved. Or at least some of them. Thanks for sharing.
Matt_Lowe on June 03, 2012:
Perfect timing. We just inherited some land with a couple small barns on it. Although I'm sure they can even be restored at this point.
shreeve21 on May 25, 2012:
love this! It is a dream of my wife and I to restore and old barn some day. Great tips.
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on May 23, 2012:
I have a few old barn boards that were given to me, and the wood lives on in 'new'birdhouses. Sadly, many of the older barns in our area are disappearing or falling into disrepair as the old-time farmers pass on and their land sold off.
anonymous on May 01, 2012:
I love this site! I have an old barn on my centennial farm that I would love to restore for my grandchildren.
anonymous on April 28, 2012:
I have a barn built in 1917 its in pretty good shape, It still has alot of the orignal wooden shingles. It was damaged by a storm last year. I would love to know if theres any kind of grant to help me fix the damage. I live in Tennessee.You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information. Thank you.
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on April 22, 2012:
This is really a great lens. I am going to feature it in my lens: Old barns are heritage icons...
Thank you for sharing this great information! I grew up in Iowa, recently spent 15 years in Kansas... I feel much as you do about these old barns! ;-)
fullofshoes on March 28, 2012:
I definitely have a thing about old barns. I'm fortunate to live in an area where there are lots of them to see on a Sunday drive. Great lens!
puppyprints on March 17, 2012:
Some of my best memories as a kid is playing in my friend's families barns....jumping off hay stacks and all the fun stuff kids do. Save the Barns!
cathywoodosborn on March 13, 2012:
Love this lens! How I miss the old barns that 'used to be' all along the roadsides when I was growing up in Texas. It was a great disappointment to me when the old Kinsey barn finally gave up a couple of years ago. It was a large one in Coryell Co., built by my second great grandpa, Elisha. Thanks for a great lens.
waldenthreenet on March 10, 2012:
It would be valuable to have some sort of "potential project" list of Barnes, both private and "community based" for possible virtual teaming. Barnes can be converted to various community use for example, County Music+ Resttaurant for example. Or an "Innovation Center" as another example. If anyone has a specific barn available for such creative "success based" restoration, I would welcome conversations among a virtual team. Have a look at my new Lense on "country music" and also on the "innovation center" topic (a life science lab for example for technology development use), have a look at my "Walden Two" lense for additional clarity. Welcome conversations on specific actionable beyond knowledge of restoration. Thanks.
top101 on March 07, 2012:
My friend's family has a bunch of old barns in the country. They were so fun to explore. I'll refer them to this lens.
Stephen Bush from Ohio on March 04, 2012:
Having grown up on a farm, thanks first for the walk down memory lane. I believe the closest analogy is comparing barn restoration to film preservation. Once they're gone, they're gone (channeling Yogi Berra).
BestLaminateInc1 on March 01, 2012:
Barn restoration could be fun and rewarding in many ways...your inspirational article helps to take a first step. Thanks for sharing~
Chazz from New York on February 28, 2012:
Lots of great old barns here in central New York - sad to see so many deteriorating and nice to know so many care. Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," my tribute to the best lenses I've found since donning my wings.
Rob Hemphill from Ireland on February 26, 2012:
Great to re-visit this lens. I love old barns but don't see many around here in Ireland. Also, a big thank you for popping over to see my Irish Coffee lens.
fugeecat lm on February 26, 2012:
I know someone with an old barn on their property. The barn is basicly falling down. I wish he would do something with the barn, but he doesn't want to. Its kind of a safety hazard because its in such poor condition.
10incbellevue on February 12, 2012:
Great lens! I grew up in Iowa, and I have seen plenty of barns in my day. It looks like you know your stuff! Thanks for reminding me of the nostalgic beauty of these!
- The 10 Bellevue Company
TransplantedSoul on February 11, 2012:
Barns are so beautiful. Some of the modern functional structures really lack the charater of the older ones.
Pangionedevelopers on January 30, 2012:
great info here .....ill be digging in deeper
GreenMind Guides from USA on January 26, 2012:
I grew up in the country -- I love barns and outbuildings too. I love the space and dim light and dense air...
Lovely lens, thanks!
anonymous on January 06, 2012:
I spent some time in Iowa where they have the bridges of madison county, I know these aren't barns but same concept about keeping the old stuff around, great lens and what your providing for others to re think, thank you for that.
JoshK47 on January 06, 2012:
Wonderful lens - thank you very much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on January 01, 2012:
We too often forget how limited is space and how bad is exploited. An old barn can be great project for very different people. Some are practical, others just nostalgic. I think I am a bit of both;)
Showpup LM on December 28, 2011:
Great lens! It breaks my heart when I see old barns that are in sad shape and under threat of falling down. They are to be treasured!
anonymous on December 02, 2011:
I enjoyed looking at your pictures. I like old barns. Believe it or not we have more than a few fairly close to Philadelphia. Some are well preserved others...
happynutritionist on November 23, 2011:
Really enjoyed looking at the barn photos. I remember reading and dreaming about converting a barn into a home many years ago in Mother Earth News.
E L Seaton from Virginia on November 15, 2011:
Yeah, I am a sucker for old barns and old tractors! Thanks for sharing a detailed lens. Hope the lens helps keep a barn or two from falling victim to the barn grim reaper.
waldenthreenet on November 15, 2011:
Love this topic and appreciating the importance of this cause of saving American Heritage. Is there a non-profit organization dedicated to this cause as part of preserving hertiage ? I voted "Like" for this lens. Will return again to visit with you soon. Thanks.
hsschulte on October 17, 2011:
I've always wanted to restore an old barn to live in. Such beautiful photos and ideas here. A true work of art.
KayeSI on October 08, 2011:
Thanks for an interesting lens. Very useful for those caring for elderly parents who have aging barns and buildings on their property. Thank you. :)
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on October 03, 2011:
There is a barn in my husband's family. Its pretty old, and needs attention. This page really made me think of it.
pawpaw911 on September 26, 2011:
Made me think of my grandparents barn. Haven't seen it in over 20 years, but still remember every inch of it.
ScareYouDiva on September 16, 2011:
I love seeing them on farms as I'm driving across country, and so glad someone is looking to save them - they are a part of history.
seeker2011 lm on September 14, 2011:
whoda thought... barns! a place of secrets and lost treasures. if they could only tell their tales. nice.
collierlewisjew on September 11, 2011:
I grew up in the country of Indiana, and my neighbor had an amazing old barn with the "Chew Mail Pouch" painted on the side. Wonderful old barns remind me of childhood. Thanks for this great lens!
AdeleW on September 07, 2011:
Some great barns here. We have an old Essex barn that we are trying to restore in the UK - thanks for this advice...
gottaloveit2 on September 06, 2011:
Congrats on the front page of Squidoo. This is a beautifully constructed lens.
Diane Cass from New York on September 05, 2011:
Barns are wonderful places. I love having them all around me in the country where I live.
RuralFrance on September 01, 2011:
It's the same here, though most of the barns are stone, they do fall down eventually. We have one as well, but it's used for animals and hay. Great lens!
Chris-H LM on August 26, 2011:
Beautiful pictures! I love old barns. They have so much character.
I think it's terrible what's been done to the family farm in this country. I watched the documentary "Food Inc." and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things.
I'm so glad you created this lens and super happy to see it rise to the top! :p
mysticquest on August 26, 2011:
I really like this lens! Having grown up in Indiana and having family scattered about the Midwest, I really appreciate old barns. I especially love the ones that have old advertising on the side of them. Like the picture of the Mail Pouch barn you have in your lens.
Hirsilinna on August 25, 2011:
The size of an average barn works against restoration, because big structures are expensive to restore. This is the most common reason why many barns end up being fire wood (or a huge bonfire). Great lens, let's hope it saves few more barns.
TheSwedishLady on August 20, 2011:
Being raised on a farm, I totally agree with you about restoring the barns. My husband and I travel to Tenn. alot and always looking for old barns to take pictures of. I wish everybody would restore their old barns. Just imagine if those walls could talk!!!!!
squid-janices7 on August 15, 2011:
Great lens....too many old barns are being knocked down. Grew up on a farm so of course I'm a fan ;) Congrats on the purple star too!
Chazz from New York on July 17, 2011:
Great lens! We have so many deteriorating old barns around here. Someone has been documenting them with photographs, but I'd much rather see them preserved. Nothing like seeing an old barn tucked in the green patchwork quilt of a farm landscape.
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 05, 2011:
My daughter has an old barn on her property that they plan to restore one day. I love old barns! :)
Rick McBride from Dallas on July 03, 2011:
There is something graceful about old barns. They are interesting architecture in their own right. Very nice lens.
gottaloveit2 on July 03, 2011:
Dropping in again - I too love old barns. We have a lot here in Maryland and they're lovely in their own right.
textbookmommy on July 01, 2011:
There's quite a few of old barns in my area and I found this lens very inspiring! Good job! *Blessed by a Squid Angel