Sunday, September 23, 2012

This Old Barn

Today I'm doing a farm tour.
 
Tickets, please!
 
 
 
 
 
We live across the road from the Round Barn Farm.
 
It was saved as an historical marker by our town, and now they have loaded up
 
the former farm fields with baseball fields and wine shacks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Round Barn Farm itself is constructed from wood that was salvaged
 
from the World's Fair in Chicago...when they built the White City.
 
 
 
(For anyone interested, there is an incredible book titled, "Devil in the White City,"
 
 
a true tale of a serial killer during the World's Fair that hunted farm women
 
as they traveled to Chicago to find work.  It's rich in it's descriptive tale
 
of the architectural structures that were erected, including the museums still
 
standing in Chicago and the world's first Ferris Wheel.
 
I have read it, and I concur it's a great read!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
For years, it was used as a petting zoo and museum and that's why they wanted to save it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are only so many round barns in the country of this size.
 
I have been meaning to take some pictures of the structures
 
and today I hightailed over there to finally get them.
 
 
Why am I in such a hurry now?
 
 
 
 
 
They've begun painting. 
 
One day I came home from work and it was done;
 
no more chippy paint on the barn.
 
These chippy images are from other structures...ticket booths, etc.
 
 
 
 
 
It is a cleaner presentation from the highway,
 
 
 
 
 
but there's a lot of overspray on the windows. 
 
Maybe they're replacing those, too, and didn't care.
 
I found the huge old sign laying behind the barn on the ground in pieces...
 
 
 
 
 
...I'm assuming at this point that they will put it back up.
 
 
 
 
 
I think at one point, many children made some memories here.
 
They are trying to bring a little of that fun back
 
in making this farm a community park and festival center.
 
 
Sharing this old barn with...
 
 
 
 
 
 


27 comments:

Deanne said...

Such an interesting story/ place and so close to you too!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How pretty the picture is with the blue sky! I'm glad they are saving it!

Anna Hanley said...

So interesting! Love old farms and it looks great now! What great photos! Anna

Pam said...

That looks like such a neat place. Maybe you should suggest that the town raise some chickens in the barn?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Andrea, I love the round barn reflections in those chippy old buildings! I also love the picture of the newly painted barn with that blue sky! These are great photos.
I'm glad you found inspiration for some new linkies. Have fun!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the old barn and the chippy paint pictures!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love all that weathered glory. Thanks for the tour.

Low Tide High Style said...

Round barns are so rare, and this one is beautiful. So glad you caught some of the other buildings while they are still chippy and weathered. Beautiful images!

Kat

Prims By The Water said...

What a beautiful barn and so sad about the women who were murdered at the World's Fair. We have a barn similar to this one a few counties up which is used for tours and Fall gatherings. It also is a 2 story barn, but is called an octagon barn. Take care, Janice

Nell at njschout said...

An interesting barn1

Honey at 2805 said...

What an interesting place! Glad you got your chippy pictures before the restoration was started! The book sounds interesting!

Jeannelle said...

Great photos! Very interesting barn! I have read that book, too.

Madge Bloom said...

Wow, what a fabulous place... love the weathered paint!

Mari said...

Very cool barn and I love the pictures you took!

Rose said...

I'd dearly love to see this one in person...how wonderful it is.

Terri Buster said...

Nice shots- glad they are restoring the old barn.

Tanya said...

oh no, i love the chippy paint! but i am also happy to see it restored! what a great place!

Beth Edwards said...

wow, that barn is huge. lots of work to be done. (:

MarmePurl said...

Stunning stunning stunning reflection photos!

The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a wonderful tour! I think this beauty is my favorite of all the Barn Charms!

Tricia Hays said...

Fantabulous series! I'm lovin the round barn & love that it's white, so beautiful! It's great that they're bringing it back & getting it up & running again... keep an eye on the place & keep us filled in

Thanks for joining this week's Barn Charmiversary =)

Robyn said...

Neat round barn and story. Glad to hear the town is restoring this beautiful barn and it's history.

I like how you captured the reflection of the barn in the window, creative!

Elaine said...

Lovely round barn and wonderful to see it being renovated. Although there's a certain charm in that old peeling paint, it doesn't look like it would have went much longer without some TLC.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like that round barn and the peeling paint. The book sounds scary to me!

Amy Burzese said...

What a great place and story! Lucky you to live across the road!

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so glad you captured some of the structures before they repainted. A little bit of history will be lost in that process, although I'm glad they are restoring.

Thanks so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week and it's nice to meet you Andrea!

Jan n Jer said...

Round barns are so unique...not many of them around! Nice find!

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