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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

COY CARRIAGE HOUSE - PART TWO



All the photos that are on the Coy Farm posts - one, two ,and three - were taken in October 2012

It was the first time I had felt comfortable going near the place since 2011.

The Coy farm has a unique building called a carriage house. Within this building one would place carriages -- this was undoubtedly built before the advent of the automobile. Its use was similar to the not yet invented garage-- only one parked their carriages in this type of building - carriages that were pulled by horses.

This carriage house was located near the main road. It had an early masonry rock wall beside it that served as part of the entrance to the main property.  I mentioned in my first post that the residential house was no longer on the farm. Only two barns and this carriage house remained. 




The rock wall was well constructed and indicated to me that the Coy family obviously had some wealth in the early 1900s.  



The wall had two  posts that held a large metal gate that was shut and locked when I was there recently in October 2012.  This was the main entrance to the farm land. 



Attached to the two limestone posts is this large metal gate barring the entrance to the property. Only the carriage house sat outside the fenced land. I noted from the road that one could walk up to the carriage house and admire its construction and take close-up photos.

So in my eagerness in 2011, to take photos of the carriage house, close-up, I planned a day to ride out to do just that.

Even though I had heard ghost stories about the place  . . . . .

(Last Coy Farm post will be posted tomorrow.)

15 comments:

  1. I'm hanging fire! The warm tone of that brick and the old stone wall really please me.

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    1. This place intrigued from the first time I saw it. I took the photos for this post but only after a year of not even wanting to drive by it. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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    2. Hattie, I'm still not able to get on your blog to comment. I'm going to ask a few folks I know that might be able to help. Just wanted to let you know that I tried again to comment on your last post. -- barbara

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  2. That is a beautiful carriage house. Perfection in rural decay. Looking forward to hearing some ghost stories. Those always intrigue me!

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    1. Michelle - Last post on the Coy farm tomorrow. thanks for the comments on the carriage house -- barbara

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  3. I'm amazed at how much work was put into some of those carriage houses. They were definitely built to last. In Milwaukee, a lot of them have been converted into apartments and students often live there in exchange for being there to look after the great house when the rich folks are playing elsewhere.

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    1. NCmountainwoman, Yes, this one was definitely built to last. I am sure it has outlasted several of the buildings that were once on the property. I do not see carriage houses very often in this part of Kentucky. I lived in Illinois for awhile and was amazed at how many were there. Most of them that I saw there were converted into garages on the bottom level and apartments on the top level. thanks for stopping and leaving a comment -- barbara

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    1. marcio - I realize that Halloween is right around the corner. Really I wrote this piece to settle my mind over the whole Coy farm incident. It was a coincidence that I wrote it so close to Halloween. I believe that I will have a tiny piece of this in my memory for quite some time. thanks for the comment -- barbar

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  5. Boarded up old buildings always make me sad........
    I want so much to *do* something with them.......
    (Hurring off to read about the ghostie!) :D

    Mimi

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    1. Mimi -- I feel the same way. To me it seems like not only an end to the building but to all the life that happened in and around it. That is why I guess I love folks that are preservationist historians. thanks -- barbara

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  6. Oh no!
    I'ts not there yet!
    I MUST know!!!!!
    lol

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    1. Mimi -- I see that you stuck with the story to the end. thanks -- barbara

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  7. I'd be very interested to know any additional history you have on the carriage house!

    http://www.kaintuckeean.com/2011/09/nod-rural-carriage-house.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by -- I am sending an email this evening -- barbara

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