The interior also contains a granary alongside the
drive-through as this was where threshing of grain was done before the era of
the combine began in the 1940’s. Also
located here were two draft horse stalls and the bottom of a hay chute through
which feed was pitched down from the mow for winter feeding.
Installing Roof Sheathing.
The Freiburgers carefully planned the lighting to fit the
barn’s new adaptive use—a family social center and a wildlife viewing site from
platforms located high in the loft. The
main floor features 42-100 watt lights in eight dimmer zones, the loft, 16-90
watt flood lights with two zones of dimmers and the exterior two-90 watt flood lights
over the main entrance and a light activated mercury vapor at the barn’s
The culmination of two-years of planning and execution was
the October 15, 2005 barn warming for 85 family members and friends. The bar was in a horse stall, buffet tables
lined the granary wall and the music was staged at the far end of the
drive-through with dancing between the two-lofts. Clear skies, a full moon and balmy
temperature made this evening a perfect beginning for the Freiburgers “new,
Board and Batten Siding; the Windmill has since been Repaired and Repainted.
The Board of the MBPN concurred with the outcome of Jim and
Ann’s effort to produce an attractive “new, old” barn and in March 2006
presented the Freiburgers a co-award in the “Continuing Agricultural or
Adaptive Family Use” category.
More photos during and after the restoration
By Charles Leik, September, 2006.
Posted September 18, 2006