Log granary section of 1819 barn
Vintage barns are like genes -- all different. Built by folks that toiled on the land yet had a certain freedom that is not known today. The above 1819 barn began as a log granary and as the farm grew, plank board additions were added. The final barn was a "beacon" of a coming together within a family to produce the best they could.
1819 barn -- Plank Board Door
Strength and endurance paid off. No rules and regulations to tell them what they could do with their land. No federal fees to pay or forms to fill out if one wanted to grow organically and no corporate overseers of your farm. No animals with white tags punched in their ears. Not in the early years.
1819 Barn -- Tin Roof
Hundreds of "beacon" barns still stand in Kentucky. Many of them alone and decaying. And yet they have many stories to tell us. If only we would take the time to listen to them.