Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Old Barns

I LOVE this old barn. It's made partly of stone and built into the hill. The hill is on the north side
so the animals would be very cozy in the winter.

(You can click to enlarge the pictures)

This February we had to drive to Kansas City. I took my camera along for the ride as I knew there were a few old barns I wanted to get photo's of. I LOVE old barns...they are HISTORY. If barns could talk can you imagine the stories they would tell!

Old barn "yep I remember way back just after I was built in 1889 seeing old Mrs. Fidler out there
with a broom fighting off that mean old rooster every day until one day
he ended up in the stewpot....". 

This is a HUGE stone barn that has 4 stories. To get into the big red door out front (main floor) you travel up
a dirt ramp and on the long right side of the building there is a door that you can drive right into the lower floor or basement below.

I just had to take a few photo's of windmills.
I want one so bad I can taste it!

Another old barn with a stone foundation and partial stone walls.

Ok this isn't a barn it's a stone school house. But what you're not seeing here (because I was too slow)
is that it had two outhouses...a girls and boys!
Wouldn't you just love to have THIS on your property.

This poor old barn isn't in good shape nor is the house,
but I loved the cupola.

The date on it reads 1911

I LOVE this farm. Who'd have thought Kansas would have rocky hills like this!
See that thing in the middle of the photo and a bit to the left?
It's this....

THIS is what m 'farmboy' wants to make!
I don't care what kind of windmill I end up with
as long as I END UP with one.

This poor old barn has seen better days.
If we don't get to ours soon it will look like this one.

Must be a pumpkin farm!

This is the top of an old L shaped barn in our little 'home' town.
It has 4 cupulas on it! One day I'll get over there and get some good pictures of it.

This is our old barn. It's not fancy but it's a barn and it's old
which makes me happy.

We have an old barn and an old corn crib but they aren't very pretty to take pictures of
as years ago someone put tin over the wood and tar paper.
I guess that was to stop the wind blowing through the gaps.
The old barn is in bad shape on one side as termites have been allowed to eat away at the old wood
on the lean-to. Our plan is to repair the damage and tear that tin off.

I love the 'Dutch' doors.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the old barns. I know not everyone likes old beat up buildings as much as I do but I'm sure there are a few of you out there.
And for those of you who don't admire old buildings...I hope you enjoyed a little bit of Kansas scenery.

Have a wonderful and safe day!

21 comments:

Deb said...

Great barns and I love your barn. I bet Olly & Lizzy catch a few mice in there.

Rural Revival said...

Oh, I just love old barns too! Thanks for sharing these ones. Would you be interested in swapping a barn for a windmill? : ) I love my windmill but my heart aches for a barn!


~Andrea~

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Deb...so far Olly and Lizzy haven't slept in the barn. When they first arrived I put them in one of the other buildings on the property so we could close them in to be safe. Then we cut a hole in the wall and made a platform for them to explore and do their 'business'outside. If that building sells they'll have to move to the barn!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Andrea! I WISH I could swap a barn for a windmill LOL...how about a corn crib?!!! Maybe one day you'll find an old barn someone close by wants to sell and you could have it moved to your property?...something to think about. It may cost a fair amount to move it but probably no where near as much to build one from scratch. Plus it would already have character and history! :)

Beatnheart said...

Good morning Maura, I too love old barns and they sure are disappearing fast. Make sure you photograph all that you see...Whenever I do back to Wisconsin, more barns are gone. So very sad...have a wonderful day..cynthia

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning back at you Cynthia! I bet you see some beautiful old barns up in Wisconsin...I hope you take lots of pictures of them. We have a few beauties around here that I need to take pictures of before they get torn down or fall down. It's sad to see pieces of history disappearing one by one. At least the lucky ones will be taken down and used for something else or hopefully will be photographed for posterity. You have a wonderful day too my friend...Maura

Catherine said...

I love american barns , especially their red color. Their shapes too are nice to me , i saw some in Pensylvania ( Amish barns are my favorites) have a good day, see you later
Catherine

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Catherine...I love red barns too. The plan for our old buildings like the barn, corn crib and chicken coop/garden shed are to paint them red with white trim but first I want to paint the house this year. It won't be red though! Have a wonderful evening..

Laura..DancesWithTeddyBears said...

I love old barns and buildings. They have such wonderful stories to tell. Your pics are equally wonderful. I so enjoyed them.
I hope you get your windmill.
Hugs♥

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Laura! Oh goodness..I'm glad you like the photo's..they were taken as we were flying down the highway. No stopping for us as we had an appointment! I hope I get my windmill too. I'm sure I will as my 'farmboy' loves to tinker. He bought a broken one years ago and fixed it up and erected it on his former property (before my time) so now we just need to find one...once everything else is fixed up around the poor old farm. Hugs to you too...have a wonderful day.

Janean said...

maura, our little barn is cover in tin right now (though we have plans to redo it in wood). only about 2 miles from us a family hired some Amish men to redo a nearly dilapidated barn and made it a showcase. i'll ask permission to photograph it.

It. Is. Amazing. (as your display today)

Pondside said...

I love old buildings of all kinds, but especially old barns. I like to imagine the pride and joy of the farmer and his wife when they were prosperous enough to build a real substantial barn - what an investment that must have been! To us they are beautiful old buildings, but to them they were livelihood, the future, belief that they were on the land to stay.

from my front porch... said...

Old barns are a true fave of mine!
We have three. The horse barn built about 1960. A livestock barn and a tobacco barn built about 1900. They have seen better days, but, like you, I love them! One of them holds the stove from the 1940's that came out of our old farmhouse! I need to post about that, don't I?!
Wonderful day to you! xo, misha

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Janean I didn't realize you lived in the country! Oh how I wish we could hire some of the Amish men to come and work miracles with our barn...wouldn't that be nice. I'd LOVE to see pictures of the barn near you...that would be wonderful if they let you. I look forward seeing pictures of your barn all fixed up too...like ours...one day.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Pondside! Yes I can just imagine how proud the farmer and his family were once that barn was built and filled with hay and animals. It must have been a wonderful sense of accomplishment and belonging. I hope we get that feeling once we fix up ours! Have a wonderful evening.

Millie said...

I absolutely love barns! When I moved onto my farm, none of my family would have guessed I'd been low on space. With my farm addition, I'm so excited to have a windmill! Hopefully, you'll get one some day.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Misha...I LOVE the barn or tobacco shed on your sidebar...it's got wonderful character!! I bet you use all your barns for hay for your horses...you've got a lot of mouths to feed there. Oh yes I hope you do a post about your old stove...that's another love of mine. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday....

A Brit in Tennessee said...

There is something special about old barns, they have a soul.
I often wonder when I see an old barn, long abandoned what long days were labored inside, and where did those people go ?
A lovely post !

KKNiteOwl said...

I love your pic of the the 4-story stone barn and would love to know its history. How old is it? Where exactly is it? We have a stone barn in out town too. It is not as big, but just as magnificant in my eyes. It was built in 1903 and is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. It is on of the last surviving all-fieldstone barns in the country. There are other stone barns, but very few "fieldstone." You can learn all about it on our town website at www.townofchase.org.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello KKNiteOwl! This barn is on highwy 50 east of Newton Kansas somewhere between Florence Kansas (Marion county) and Strong City (Chase County) or in the vacinity. I don't know anything about the barn but I wish I did. As you can see from the picture it is HUGE. Every time we see this farm we are in a hurry to get to Kansas City so there is no time to stop and inquire. The stone barn on you profile picture is beautiful. I tried to go to the website but wasn't able to get into it. Thank you for stopping by...I hope you'll come again! Have a wonderful Thursday...

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Well, we have something in common! I Love old barns and always pointing them out as we pass. They are one of those things that pull at my heartstrings. Twyla

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