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Edgemoor Barn Turns 100! Celebration Planned for Saturday, May 11th

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Barn Preservation, Events, Featured Barn, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Edgemoor Barn Turns 100! Celebration Planned for Saturday, May 11th

This post submitted by Ellen Henry and friends at the Santee Historical Society in Santee, California.  This year, the group is celebrating the barn’s birthday with a big bash to help raise funds for its continued preservation!  To learn more about this event, click here or visit http://www.santeehistoricalsociety.com/ On May 3, 1913, John H. Dupee, a high-society millionaire businessman from Chicago, purchased a nearly 500 acre farm for a reported $85,000.  Dupee purchased the Williamson’s farm for his son, Walter Hamlin Dupee. Dupee, committed to owning the largest dairy farm...

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The Doncaster Barn or Bayers Barn

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on The Doncaster Barn or Bayers Barn

                A guest post by NBA member, Jill Hotchkiss. The old round barn just outside Twin Bridges, Montana was built in 1882 by Noah Armstrong, one of the lesser known Copper Kings, who was at that time superintendent of the Glendale smelter and discoverer of the Hecla mine in western Montana. Being from Kentucky, Armstrong had a love for horses and horse racing. He purchased the ranch in 1882 calling it the Doncaster Ranch after one of his favorite race horses. He then built a magnificent three-story round barn in which to raise and train race...

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Lost of an Iconic Barn. A Cautionary Tale. [Updated]

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Lost of an Iconic Barn. A Cautionary Tale. [Updated]

It brings great sadness to share the loss of the Fuhrken octagonal barn in Doniphan County, Kansas from high winds last week. The barn was featured in the 1992 Budweiser commercial. It was on the 2010 National/Kansas Barn Alliance conference tour. Fuhrken barn was built between 1914-1915 and was 58 feet in diameter.  It has a full hay loft with hay hood protected doors on the east and west sides of the mow.  It was built primarily to house mules.  The exterior was board and batten with many small windows around the livestock area for ventilation. Sometime prior to 1990, the interior...

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Hidden in Plain Site: Side-Gabled Log Barn

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Hidden in Plain Site: Side-Gabled Log Barn

This is a guest post by Jeroen van den Hurk, Ph.D. He is an Architectural Historian based in North Carolina. You never know what the lush climate of North Carolina hides until the dead of winter. While out of a drive on Sunday afternoon, I came across this abandoned side-gabled log barn in Halifax County, NC. This is an unusual building for eastern North Carolina. It was a one-story, double-pen or dogtrot structure used to store hay. It appeared to be an earthfast building with the log sill laid directly on the ground.  The logs were halved and saddle notched at the corners, and there...

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The Grooms’ Heritage Barn. How a Family Restored their 1915 Stockman’s Barn

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Barn Preservation, DYI, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | 3 comments

This is a post by Charles Leik. Charles is chairman of the National Barn Alliance. It was James Grooms’ great-great grandfather (five generations back) Martin Becker, a German immigrant, who settled in north central Nebraska (Cherry County) in the 1880s.  He built a typical barn for this ranching and diversified farming area that housed the cattle, work horses and several cows that produced milk for family use.   According to family lore, this first Becker did well given high wheat prices during WWI and as a result raised his second barn around 1915, which was a very large barn for...

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