OLD BARN № 020

in homesteading •  3 months ago
What is it about old barns that makes them so appealing? I think the answer is several factors: (1) the old, weathered wood that has withstood the test of time, (2) the seemingly limitless styles which these buildings possess, (3) the architectural curiosity of how they are constructed, (4) the rustic, rural charm which they provide on a subjective level, (5) the mystery behind all of the different doors and sections of the structure, (6) the different ways they deteriorate as they age, which is a function of the barn's construction, and (7) the historical significance which they must have played in the area.

From many accounts I have heard, the building of a barn was frequently a community project. When someone needed a barn, materials were procured, and everyone who lived nearby participated in the "barn raising." The favor was returned when someone else needed a barn, a fence erected around a pasture, repairs to their house, or help in their fields.

My mother's family lived on a working farm that was in a community of other active farms. She and her brother told me that each family worked their own farms during the spring and summer. But during the harvest-time, entire families would work side-by-side with other families to gather the crops from first one farm, and then another, until everyone's farms had been worked.


One of the most delightful barns to me is this one situated close to the road along route US Highway 178 in Anderson County, South Carolina. I have cataloged it as Old Barn № 020 in my Old Barn Project. At first glance, it appears to be a clapboard construction, but the boards are not overlapping each other, so this is just a simple frame construction instead. If one looks closely at the above photo, colorful streaks can be seen emanating from the sunlight streaming from upper-left.

I strongly suspect that this property was part of a much larger homestead, as there is an adjacent field and a farm pond that now appears to be part of someone else's property. Part of the original farm might have been sold to another person, but often large properties in this area are subdivided to family members. Betty Sue and her husband will take a small chunk of her parent's property and erect a house on it, while her brother Eugene and his wife build next door to her on another small piece of family land. The parents will then deed that bit of land to their children, so they can do with it as they wish.

In the aerial view below, another driveway can be seen cutting-across the landscape between the barn and the farm pond. This leads to a house that is back in the trees, off the top of the screenshot, and is probably on land that was subdivided from the original tract.


I do hope the owner of the barn will keep it in good condition, as it is a pretty landmark along this stretch of highway!


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There really is a nice, atmospheric feel seeing old buildings like barns and other historic buildings.

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I agree 100% with all your seven reasons about why we love, and are intrigued, with old barns. I love the feel of the weathered barn boards; they're almost soft to the touch.

You've managed to capture it well and I love it, but I have to disappoint you. I don't think the owner is going to keep it fit. That already looks like it needs immediate attention. Would can't be neglected for long without consequences but let's hope I'm wrong!

Great photo. Love the "rainbow" effect.

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When I look at old barns I always think about the activity that took place around it and the people that called that barn the work place.
Very nice shot, glad your are keeping your project alive and sharing it with us.

I love this project. This post reminded me of my father's family homestead just north of where I grew up. His family settled in a tiny community called Burnley and at one time some called the area "Little Ireland" because they bred like bunnies. As the family grew and had families of their own the land was portioned off for the them to build on.

A good chunk of the original land was given to my Great great grandfather, who was a United Empire Loyalist, by the Government.

The old barns were still there the last time I was by the land, including part of barn that my father helped build over 80 years ago. I wish I had pictures. With luck I'll be able to go back and get some shots before the buildings are gone. Thanks for the memories @thekittygirl.

I just love old barns

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That is a great way in building closeness to a community. Working together in building a barn is a great way of supporting everyone. I hope this is still practiced as it is something to be proud of, being a part of that community.

That's a pretty barn, old barns around here are not in good condition sadly.

I love old barns, too. And pictures of old abandoned houses. I keep a collection of those in a folder on my computer called, "In Transition." I expect those pictures will make it onto my blog during Scorpio. I enjoyed this piece a lot. Thank you for writing it and sharing your photo.

very cool! i just love old barns and mines. plenty of those here too. i just adore your labels and kittyflair 😍

it's a pure nature! Good place for a wild rest!

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Whenever I browse for properties to make our forever homestead on, I always look through the photos for barns like this. The real estate people write them off, but I look at them as a huge selling point, which means that one day we might end up with an old barn for a really good price.

I love old barns. Great photo

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