Posts Tagged "Barns"

Tobacco Barns Preservation Project

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 1 comment

  Preservation Virginia has launched in tobacco barns preservation project. Sonja Ingram, Preservation Virginia’s Partners in the Field Representative stated, “Upon the Pittsylvania County Tobacco Barns listing on Preservation Virginia’s Most Endangered list, we received an influx of inquires regarding the importance of saving these now endangered structures and wanted to provide a proactive solution to address their preservation.” The Tobacco Barns Preservation Project’s goals are to raise awareness on the importance of tobacco barns as they relate to the larger rural...

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The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in barn education, Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 2 comments

The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project is an on-going painting project which focuses on our dwindling heritage of early Indiana barns. The artist, Gwen Gutwein, a Barn Alliance member and  owner of a fine art studio/gallery in Fort Wayne, started this huge and important project in 2004.  She is striving to do paintings of at least two old and/or historic barns from each of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Along with the paintings, Gwen collects the barn’s distinctive history.  To date, she has completed over 110 out of the expected goal of 184 paintings. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art...

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Secretariat’s Virginia Roots: The Meadow Farm Auctioned [Updated]

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Secretariat’s Virginia Roots: The Meadow Farm Auctioned [Updated]

Recently listed on Preservation Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic List of 2012, The Meadow Farm, was auctioned on May 22nd. Birthplace of the 1973 Triple Crown-winner Secretariat, the 331 acres that remains of The Meadow is situated within Caroline County, Virginia, just east of Interstate 95. Nearly 34 years after the Chenery family sold the farm, it is now threatened by the development pressures that accompany any property near an Interstate exit. But it is perhaps more at risk from those who do not know its rich, yet humble history. The barns are currently located within the...

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Book Review: Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Barn Preservation, Books, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Book Review: Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

Book review by Charles Leik, Chair of the National Barn Alliance. It was at the National Barn Alliance’s (NBA) 2009 Shaker Hill, Kentucky conference that I first learned about the phenomenon of Quilt Barns. Several Kentucky ladies gave an enthusiastic presentation and the next day as I drove serpentine secondary roads northward to the Ohio River I saw perhaps a dozen of the “Real Deal” –8’ x 8’ squares of a favorite quilting pattern on weathered barns. I already had an acquaintance with quilting as I recalled mother and her friends working at the quilting frame set up in our...

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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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