Barn Guestbook Archive: July - September 2000

Donna Whiting email me! - Sunday, July 09, 2000 01:10:10 PM
Have you heard of the American Country Barn Collectible Series? Part of the proceeds from the sale of each of the collectible barns goes to the Barn Again Program for restoration of the barns. Contact me if you are interested in learning more about them.

Lori Harrold email me! - Wednesday, July 12, 2000 02:24:50 AM
I reside next to a ceramic dairy barn and silo- the powers that be, being one's that have no regard for farmers- or their ancestry of farming- have sold their land for profit to the realestate-contractiors to build shotty 350,000 homes. I ask you, who is going to feed this nation if this continues? Please help me save this land mark- time is running out I've seen them putting their flags out. I am only one person- but others feel the same way this beutiful structure represents the American way, the way it used to be. Thank you for your consideration Lori

Dick Cook email me! - Wednesday, July 12, 2000 09:07:43 AM
I'm from Michigan and have just completed paintig my modern pole barn. I am looking for information and pictures of signs painted on old barns. I'm especially interested in those painted with the Chew Mail Pouch Tabacco sign. If you can be of help please E-mail me

barnman email me! - Sunday, July 16, 2000 01:57:46 PM
Take a look at our new web site There are many pictures of endangered Vermont barns being dismantled, restored and reassembled.There are also some great old photographs from Vermont's past.

John Rolph email me! - Monday, July 17, 2000 04:00:10 PM
Charlottesville, VA. I am interested in wooden silos. In particular, I would like to build an addition onto an existing log cabin using a wooden silo for the addition. Does anyone know if wooden silos are still manufactured? If so, where and by who? Thank you.

Maxine Mountney email me! - Wednesday, July 19, 2000 06:56:05 PM
I am a Librarian in rural Ontario. I have a mature student attempting to write an English essay on Post and Beam barns. He needs technical information in the way of the names of the joints, types of cut, types of roof etc. Could anyone assist me in assisting this gentleman? All help is greatly appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation.

Sheila Stevens email me! - Saturday, July 22, 2000 09:15:26 PM
I was recently on vacation at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky and on our way home we saw hundreds of barns that were black. Does anyone know why the barns are black in Kentucky?

Squire Steffey email me! - Monday, July 24, 2000 01:13:55 PM
Barnraising....if anyone knows of, reads of a barnraising in the Amish country of Pa. at anytime, please share when and where. Many thanks!

Squire Steffey email me! - Monday, July 24, 2000 01:27:42 PM
If anyone reads about or knows of a barnraising in the Pa. Amish countryside, please advise. Many thanks!!

email me! - Monday, July 24, 2000 04:42:58 PM
Barns are red and white so that they may be seen by the farmers from their fields. This provided the farmers with a good sense of direction during the dusk and dawn hours of the day.

A.Ginter email me! - Thursday, July 27, 2000 07:39:23 AM
I am willing to give a 1964 aerial photo of the Mail Pouch barn located at 5777 State Route 128, Cleves, Ohio in exchange for photos of this barn which show the painted sides. I believe it is one of the few barns that had been painted on three sides.

Doug Hines email me! - Thursday, July 27, 2000 01:41:08 PM
I am in the final stages of putting back up a 20 x 40 hay barn I bought at auction to relocate to my home. If anyone out there has thought about dissasembling a barn and putting it back together. I am here to tell you that it can be done, it's just a lot of work, I am doing it completely by myself and for very little money. If I could offer technical advice or encouragement in the undertaking of such a project please e-mail me in Kansas.

Amanda email me! - Sunday, July 30, 2000 03:46:05 PM
Hi I was wondering if anyone knows where or how i can purchase a book with various types of pictures of different barns. If anyone can help me i would greatly appreciate it thanks.

scott email me! - Sunday, July 30, 2000 07:53:46 PM
we were reading the guestbook and decided we would contribute from Ontario,Canada. Our barn was built in 1871 (date is carved in barn boards at the front peak of the barn). Many visitors to our farm cannot believe that the original barn boards have remained for over 125 years! A beam in the barn has my grandfather's name carved in it, dating back to August,1917 Anyone with interesting barn nostalgia,please e-mail.

Leslie email me! - Thursday, August 03, 2000 02:25:24 PM
It's a dream of mine to live in a barn. What are the barn dimensions that accommodate living situations? Is there one best source to begin my search for barns for sale?

Joanna email me! - Thursday, August 03, 2000 04:31:58 PM
I live in Cumbria, England, and was delighted to find your website, almost by accident. It's the most interesting one I've discovered yet. I love the New England red barns (hope to see them for myself on a holiday some time in the future). In Cumbria (the Lake District), all our barns are stone-built, and when the farmer retires and sells up, often the farm buildings are bought by developers and turned into houses. I even know one person who lives in a converted barn and has called it "Barn-y-twaz" - honestly!. Good luck with the website, it's really interesting.

Mike Pendergrass email me! - Friday, August 04, 2000 05:57:28 PM
Your barn site is the greatest resource on the web. I build HO scale model railroad modules and had planned to do a tobacco barn. As you can probably figure your page on the Mail Pouch Barn was a humongous asset to my modeling effort. I might even try a round or hexagonal barn also. Thanks for the inspiration to try these wonderful structures in miniture.

Elmer Napier email me! - Monday, August 07, 2000 09:53:17 AM
I am tring to locate Mail Pouch Barns with the logo painted. So far I have been able to locate 2 one on M-52 near Owosso the other one near Deckersville. If anyone can be of assistance in location these fast vanishing barns it would be appreciated. Elmer Napier.

Valerie Stabenow email me! - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 10:51:12 PM
I believe we have a barn that was designed by Gordon Van Tyne (Davenport/ Quad Cities Area) and then transported to our farm in Freeport,IL for raising/construction. I'm looking for more information about Van Tyne barns so that I can write my application for Illinois Historical Register.

dan vincent email me! - Sunday, August 13, 2000 10:14:49 AM
would like to see the inside setup of some of the old barns

Richard Berardinelii email me! - Monday, August 14, 2000 09:11:29 PM
I have been traveling through out western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio photographing "Mail Pouch Barns". I am now searching for barns in any of these areas with "Coca Cola" painted on them can anybody help me.Please E-mail me

Elmer Napier email me! - Tuesday, August 15, 2000 09:02:22 AM
I have been photographing Mail Pouch Tobacco barns. I have about 240 in my collection. I found a barn with WOW Tobacco one end one side with Mail Pouch Tobacco. Does anyone have any history of the WOW Tobacco Company? Any help will be appreciated.

Tom and Donna Mueller email me! - Saturday, August 19, 2000 04:38:45 PM
As we were travelling through North Dakota and Minnesota this summer, we saw many ventilating cupolas on the tops of the gambrel roofed barns. These cupolas were square based, with the base approximately 4 feet wide and 1 foot tall, capped by a drip ledge which was topped by a tapered cylinder (top about 2 1/2 - 3 foot diameter and 3 feet tall) with a 4 foot diam. round ventilating cap approx. 1 foot tall then tapering to a peak approx. 2 feet above that. The weather vane then attaches to this peak. We are preparing to build a barn with living quarters on our property in Central Texas with passive cooling in the barn proper, and we like the way these cupolas look. Does anyone know where we could buy cupolas like these? We have been unable to locate them in our searches. We can email a picture of the cupolas if needed. Thanks!

Vance Patrick email me! - Sunday, August 20, 2000 04:03:32 PM
I would like to relocate a barn to my property in southeast mi. Please help me with this project. Prices of barns, contractors to use in the project and how to approach the local building dept. This site is the foundation of my project. THANK YOU!!!!

Jolene email me! - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 03:51:28 PM
OREGON/WASHINGTON BARN ENTHUSIASTS: I NEED YOUR HELP! For those of you that enjoy barns with old advertisements on them, I am asking for your help. I need to know where remaining barns are standing with advertisements for "Hotel Lithia, So. Oregon's BEST!". The one next to the farmhouse I grew up in is located in Junction City, Oregon. I know of another in creswell, Oregon. If anyone knows of any others, PLEASE e-mail me. I want to photograph every one that is still standing, and will travel any length of distance to find one. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

David Williams email me! - Friday, August 25, 2000 10:49:39 PM
I would like to see some material on silos. I have a few silo brochures. They were made several different ways with different materials.

Elizabeth email me! - Monday, August 28, 2000 11:14:33 AM
(Ann Arbor, Michigan area) Help! I am frustrated. We need a second barn on our historic farm, and I have located a barn less than 3 miles down the road which the owners will give to us, if we can move it. It is 40' x 70' and in excellent condition. Calls to contractors in the area informed me that it would probably cost over $100,000 to move this barn to our farm. There is no way we can pay that much, and I am currently working with a few builders to design and build a metal pole barn. It's killing me! Is there any way we can move that barn at a reasonable cost (like under $50,000)? The barn is beautiful, and will be demolished. It is right on the road, in the front yard of a new home and quickly being surrounded by residential development. We would love to save it, but simply can't handle the price. If anyone has any ideas, or contacts with reasonable barn movers, please let me know.

patty ruger email me! - Friday, September 01, 2000 10:15:28 PM
i remodeled a 150 year old barn 48 x 24 ft. 2story with dirt ground floor in the center of katonah, n. y. population 5000 50 miles from n.y.c.

Diana email me! - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 02:21:12 PM
Please Help: I am searching for a non-profit organization that can help me evaluate and create an engineering plan to save my Barn. It was built in 1900 and is still standing and being used in Fort Lupton Colorado. I have heard of some organizations that will help refurbish old barns. Any ideas!?

Maryann Pate email me! - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 09:41:38 PM
This site is almost as good as the barns! I am looking for locations of mail pouch barns that can be accessed from Interstate 77 from North Carolina to southeastern Ohio. Also a stencil pattern of a barn for a border design. Appreciate any help.

Ryan Rhoades email me! - Thursday, September 07, 2000 09:06:08 AM
Hey send me any information you have on why barns are painted red

Nick email me! - Friday, September 08, 2000 10:08:16 PM
I have been trying to find a site for the ads painted on barns, like the old tobacco ads etc. help Nick

Nancy Harris email me! - Friday, September 08, 2000 11:35:44 PM
I found your site by accident. I love barns,never owned one but enjoy taking pictures of them. I live in a county in Illinois that had barns in almost every town, now they are fast disappearing and they call this progress.

Mindy email me! - Saturday, September 09, 2000 05:15:12 PM

Brian Norton email me! - Sunday, September 10, 2000 12:58:26 PM
HELP! I recently bought a centennial farm that has been in my family for 120 years. The farm is located in Michigan's u.p. We still own the origanal 160 arces that my great, great, grandfather received on the homestead act in 1881. It is filled with so much history. All of the origanal buildings are still up thanks to my great grandfather and my grandfather's hard work. There's just one problem. The barn that was built in 1905 is in pretty good shape exept for the roof. The birds have been eating away at it. It has 1 layer of origanal ceder shakes, and 1 layer of asphalt shingels that were put on in the 1960's. My Grandpa as well as some of the old farmers in the area keep telling me "you better do something with that barn, you have to keep a roof on there in order to keep the barn in shape". The most economical thin to do would be to put a metal roof on it. But I can't afford it for I have been putting all of my extra time and money into the house and other buildings. I am doing everything I can to restore the place to it's origanal state. I am very concernd and need some assistance. If anyone knows of any Federal,State, or even a organization that can help PLEASE call me at 1-734-522-3466 and ask for Brian Norton. You could also reach me by E-mail at Thank you very much for any help you can provide!!!!

Kelle Blandford email me! - Monday, September 11, 2000 06:38:53 PM
I was interested to know if anyone knows of companies or individuals that dismantel barns piece by piece. I would love to see them all standing forever but as we all know they don't and I have a dream to take barns down and resell the boards and items in them. Can someone connect me to someone else with the same ideas?

T Kujawa email me! - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 11:15:50 PM
Very plesed to find your site! I am an architecture student and doing reserch on barns in favor of restoration and preservation. so much of arcitecture today is built of destroying history and building something new and modern. It is a shame that so many of todays builders practice this. Keep up the great work and a fabric of american landscape will be preserved for all to remember. I'll will do my part as a potential designer. Please email other sites or imfo!

Elmer Napiert email me! - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 04:57:56 PM
Listed below is the Mail Pouch Barns I found in Michigan last week. I know there are many more Mail Pouch barns in Michigan. I would appreciate any help in locating barns in Michigan. 1. Located on M-52 north of Owsso, Shipawassew Co. 2. On Old US 27 betweeb Shepherd and Forest Hills 3. On M-25 one mile south of M-46 Beautiful Picture. 4. On US. 12 west of Saline. 5. On US. 12 West of Saline Wash 6. ON Us. 12 west Of Saline-Washew County. 7. On us 1 2 west of Moscow. 8. On US. 223 West of Adarian.

Jacqueline O'Duor email me! - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 08:24:34 PM
I'm doing an architectural research project at Florida A&M University, and through reading this page, i am learning more and more about these useful architectural structures. There's a lot more work that has to be put into designing a building a barn than I thought.

Rex email me! - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 10:52:09 PM
need pitcures of old barns of Oregon and Washington. THANKS

Kelly email me! - Sunday, September 17, 2000 05:19:20 PM
My husband is out tearing down our old barn as I type this. Does anyone have any good resources for selling the barn boards? We are located in SW Iowa and I know that they can sell for as much as $1/foot, but we would be tickled to sell them for $.50/foot if someone wanted to come and sort thru what they wanted and haul them away. Otherwise, they are getting burned!

Candise email me! - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 12:03:13 PM
Hi: we are lease purchasing a farm in SW Washington State, est.1898, and listed with the National Registry of Historic Places. Just found out that the barn is probably 20+ older than the house. We are using it to keep horses, but don't want to destroy the milking barn look. If someone wouldn't mind looking at our site, and if you recognize the place, send any info or pics you might have, we would be very appriciative.

Rusty Shackleford email me! - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 09:40:44 PM
I just bought a 10 acre parcel with 30'x50' hay barn that I am considering converting into a house. I want to do as much of the work as possible . I'm having trouble finding any books on the subject. Does anyone have any information. I've looked in the giant e-bookstores with little luck. I'm in Genesee County,N.Y. Any help appreciated.

Bill Simmonds email me! - Thursday, September 21, 2000 09:02:37 PM
Nice web site. I love to take pictures of old barns with advertising signs on them, (Mail Pouch ect.) I am looking for some barns with ad signs other than Mail Pouch, such as tourist attractions (Rock City), Coca-Cola, store names, local businesses, anything old. Desire Midwest locations. Thanks.

Dawn Dickinson email me! - Sunday, September 24, 2000 05:07:02 AM
I have recently purchased a barn in East Yorkshire, England. My partner and myself are to intend to convert it into a contemporary dwelling. We have adopted a sustainable development ethos, treating the 0.5 acre site as its own eco-system, not removing anything from site for land fill etc. We are eventually wanting to errect a wind turbine but the British planning regulations are a real pain to get around so for now we are going to generate all our heating requirements from a wood stove combined heating system and solar panels to provide hot water in the summer months. I am not sure about the age of the barn although the bricks give clues and I have found parliamentary enclosure plans dating back to 1805. I have arranged to meet an archeaoligist to put and age on the building but it could be anything from medeival to 1784, when a brick tax was introduced. Im so pleased to find a barn site as Im sure there are many people like me who are researching their own properties. I am hoping to develop my own web site in the near future documenting the barn conversion and history. I will contact the webmaster in the future to provide more information and hopefully people may visit me in the UK online.

Gigi Reilly email me! - Monday, September 25, 2000 02:03:49 PM
I just came back from Verona, Wisconsin. Almost all barns are painted red which prompted me to ask "Why are Barns red?" My friend's answer involved cows blood is available. I don't know if there is any truth in that answer. My other friend sent me to your website which satisfied my curiosity. Thank you.

tony cardinal email me! - Monday, September 25, 2000 06:31:28 PM
Hello i am looking for information on who repairs old barns in the onstead mi area it was built in 1870 and is in good shape except for the roof i am just purschaseing the place and would love to save the barn it is about 60 ft long 40ft wide and 40ft tall three floors i realy would like too save it but i am not rich so need a honest estimate on repairs.Thanks

Susan L. email me! - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 09:30:37 AM
Hello fellow barn folks, I am a 4-H leader in the Frankenmuth, MI area. Our club has taken pictures of many of the old barn in our area as well as getting the history of the barns. What I am looking for now is the name of all the parts of the construction of a barn,(the inside parts of the barn.) I feel we have to teach our young club members of the lost art of barn building and construction ... so if anyone can help me please contact me via e-mail ... Thank you

Kevin Allen email me! - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 09:27:36 PM
I am currently restoring a barn in Tennessee, and need pictures of front doors and hardware. Any Help?

email me! - Friday, September 29, 2000 11:06:03 PM
I'm still searching for the answer to the question, "Why are so many barns painted red?"


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