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Sunday, October 14, 2012

OLD COY BARN WITH QUILT SQUARE

SERENE SETTING OF THE OLD COY BARN WITH  QUILT SQUARE
For several years now, I have been intrigued with this large section of agricultural land that  sits just off Route 25 between Richmond and Berea in central Kentucky. This land stretches back from the road for quite a distance. I always figured there was  possibly some story tidbits connected with this property. 

Above is one of the natural timber barns with some decor  making it appealing to drivers on Route 25. The main focus is the huge quilt square hanging on the barn's gable. Don't know the name of the quilt pattern but it sure dresses up the barn. Also, the white barn door and the metal ventilator atop its roof are nice antidotes to its charm. It is known that the Coy family owned the farm in the early 1900s. So the story goes they were cattle people headed by a male figure that was extremely frugal. 

If there was a house with this property it has since disappeared. At least from my view from Route 25.  As with so many of the older farms the house is usually the first to disappear leaving outbuildings only. Sometimes there is only mature tree configurations and a dirt drive to indicate human life lived on the land. 

I will be writing and displaying some photos of this farm in my next two posts. As I stated in the beginning this farm has always intrigued me. In my third post you will find out how I became a semi-witness to a scary story that happened on the farm in 2011. 




18 comments:

  1. Looking forward to the story of this land. It's amazing how you keep coming up with these wonderful old country places.

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    1. Rubye -- I can't speak for other parts of Kentucky as I am not that familiar with them but central KY has a long rich history of both common folks and people with wealth. I lean toward the common folk people and places. And with this long rich history comes lots of old country places. thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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  2. Clearly someone is caring for this land even if the farmer lives elsewhere; the quilt-star design looks fairly new, not faded. Would the cupolo be a fan to ventilate the barn, perhaps to keep it cool so that hay stored there would not spontaneously combust? It seems quite lonely without a house.

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    1. June -- I talked with Mr Siefret, director of two early house museums not far from the old Coy farm. He told me that the Coy family does not own the property anymore. He was not sure who owned it now. Perhaps the land is now owned by a neighboring farm? Or by the U.S. government that owns a major track of land adjacent to the property? You are right - that is a barn ventilator on the roof. Almost all the barn quilt squares in this area appear as new. They are all well kept. Yes -- it is a lonely stretch of land especially with the empty adjacent land that the government owns. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  3. Oooh, if I didn't already read your blog daily, I'm hooked on finding out "what happens next?" in the barn story.

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    1. Barbara -- thanks for reading my blog often. I am sure you feel the same way as I do that blogging is a marvelous way to connect with a world of interesting folks. I also enjoy your photos and writings -- will have my sequel to this post on tonight. barbara

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  4. We are seeing more and more quilt squares on barns. I love them! Thanks for sharing the photograph.

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    1. NCmountain -- the quilt square movement on barns has certainly dressed up many barns. Glad to hear the movement is growing strong in NC. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  5. I'm staying tuned for the rest of the story, Barbara!

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    1. Nature Weaver -- Tonight I will put on the second post of the Coy farm.
      Aren't the colors glorious right now. Hope you are enjoying them. -- barbara

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  6. I am interested in hearing this story! You have taken a FINE shot of this barn and scene.

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    1. Michelle -- thanks for the nice comment on this photo. The story continues tonight -- barbara

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    1. marciamayo -- Tonight will be more. I can't wait until you post about taking the city tram in your town. thanks - barbara

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  8. Hi Barb, I love the quilt squares on barns! You won my drawing, I can't find your email address on here anywhere, let me know if you would like the blue jean apron or the dishtowel calender apron and send me your address, please. my email is wvsmarties(at)yahoo(dot)com. Janet

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    1. Janet -- you are such a dear to have an apron drawing. You are full of creative juice, amazing! I sent an email to you, thanks and thanks again -- barbara

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  9. Love your images on this one. Pry tell expand... Tell about the ghosts.

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    1. Birdman -- You'll know the whole story Thursday, October 17th. -- barbara

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