The Barn Journal

My Favorite Place by Amber Stutzman, Age 11

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in The Barn Journal | 1 comment

This guest post was uncovered by our Past President, Charles Leik, who has an knack for finding enchanting things about barns.  It has been reprinted here by permission from the October 31, 2013 The Peoples Exchange, Shipshewana, IN and the author who lives on an nearby Indiana dairy farm.  Thanks for sharing your article with the NBA, Amber!   At home, I have a favorite place.  Our big creaky, old barn. It has a mingling, musty, scent of aged wood, cows, grain, sweet alfalfa hay and scratchy old coiled rope. The barn isn’t too quiet, but it isn’t too loud, either.  The barn...

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In Madison, New Hampshire – A Tour of 100 Year Old Barns

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in barn education, Barn Tour, Events, New England barns, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on In Madison, New Hampshire – A Tour of 100 Year Old Barns

This post comes from our barn-loving friends in Madison, NH.  This is the first year of their barn tour, but it will certainly not be their last!  What a great event! The Madison Historic Barn Tour weekend, July 11 & 12, 2014 is fast approaching. With seven wonderful old 18th and 19th century barns on the tour, including E.E. Cummings’ Joy Farm, interest is growing rapidly.  The small Town of Madison is located in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Incorporated in 1852, Madison has a long and interesting history as a farming and tourist community. Town tax...

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Friends of Ohio Barns’ 15th Annual Conference

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Friends of Ohio Barns’ 15th Annual Conference

Knox County to host the 2014 FOB Conference and Barn Tour! Mount Vernon will be the headquarters of Friends of Ohio Barns 15th annual Barn Conference and Tour, April 24th – 26th, 2014. The conference will explore adaptive re-use of barns as a viable way to save historic barns. Knox County is the Heart of It ALL. Within its borders lies the geographical center of Ohio and the colonial city of Mount Vernon, the county seat. Knox County where one finds brick streets, historic homes, recreational trails, camping, elegant bed and breakfast inns, two stunning College campuses, and notable...

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The Future of America’s Barns by Charles Leik

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on The Future of America’s Barns by Charles Leik

The following post contains excerpts from a 2012 presentation  by Charles Leik, Past President, NBA.  Charles led the NBA for more than five years and was around in the years when the NBA lobbied the USDA to ask farmers about their historic barns in the 2007 Agricultural Census. (NBA also thanks Rod Scott and countless others who worked on behalf of historic barns across the country to get the USDA’s attention!) What is a barn?  For me a barn houses cattle and horses or stores grain, hay and straw, or is  dedicated to tobacco or hops drying.  Most of us think of barns as massive...

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Now Showing: A New England Barn Model!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in barn education, Events, New England barns, Teamwork & Timbers, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Now Showing: A New England Barn Model!

Last winter the NBA was contacted by Tom Musco, a fellow barn-enthusiast and timber framer who was interested in making a barn model that embodied building traditions of New England barns.  Past President, Charles Leik, corresponded regularly with Musco, and members of the Board met this crafty go-getter at the CT Trust’s “Celebration of Barns” last month, just as he was booking the model’s first raisings. Supplying every bit of the materials, time, and skill involved in construction, Musco based his model on typical English barn dimensions (30’ x 40’) found in the region. ...

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