Posts Tagged "preservation"

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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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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Attend The Annual Conference! Joint Conference with the Friends of Ohio Barns.

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Conferences, DYI, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Attend The Annual Conference! Joint Conference with the Friends of Ohio Barns.

Join the Friends of Ohio Barns for their thirteenth annual conference in collaboration with the National Barn Alliance! It will be an entertaining and informative conference and barn tour on April 27th and 28th, 2012 in Summit County, OH. Summit County is home to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cuyahoga Countryside Conservancy Program. Homebase for the conference is the Clarion Inn & Conference Center (240 E Hines Hill Rd, Hudson, OH 44236; phone # 330-653-9191). The barn tour will include some of the barns in the conservancy as well as learning about the program...

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Michigan Barn Tour. Beauties of Central Michigan.

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Michigan Barn Tour. Beauties of Central Michigan.

The wind mills worked overtime as a cold wind whipped over the Michigan landscape as snow flurries fell from clouds. Both reminded everyone on the Michigan Barn Preservation Network annual conference bus tour that it was still winter. While the winter was cold, the mood on the tour was warm and excited to see beautiful barns. There were nine barns on this all day tour. Every barn has a story. 1. Auto-Owners Insurance Company Barn. This barn was originally built to house dairy cattle and contained one of the early milking parlor systems in Michigan. It is one of the very few Gothic style...

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