Bucks County is about as good as it gets if you want to live in a largely
unspoiled historic rural area and yet close to the culture, excitement
and employment of Philly, the Big Apple and Central Jersey. Messrs. Marshall
and Rivinus have captured the historic vernacular rural architecture of
their bucolic area in 82 pages of stunning photography and accompanying
descriptive text. The reader takes a colorful tour de horizon and along
the way receives a primer beginning with "What is a Barn?" that
continues to timber frame joinery, identification of barn types, and a
glossary of traditional terms and bibliography. Marshall and Rivinus confirm
their commitment to barn preservation by having respectively saved their
own barn and adapting a historic barn to a personal office. Holiday gifting
is approaching and this is a good choice for either the veteran Barn Hugger,
or that individual who loves the Americana of covered bridges, lighthouses
and New England churches and has yet to discover vernacular rural architecture.
Barns of Bucks County, Marshall & Rivinus, is available by mail from
Jeffrey L. Marshall, 398 Washington Crossing Road, Newtown, PA 18940 at
$19.95 plus $ 2.20 postage.
For additional information you can go to www.barnsofbuckscounty.com
Review by Charles Leik. Posted January 5, 2008.