Barn Guestbook Archive: October - December 2000

Mike Bleicher email me! - Monday, October 02, 2000 02:48:46 PM
EMERGENCY!!!!! I am trying to finance an old barn converted into a house. The finance company would like 1 barn-home that has been sold within the last year to compare it to. If you have any information regarding the sale of a converted barn in the grater Lansing, MI area, surrounding regions ok, please,PLEASE, PLEASE e-mail me as soon as possible. You can also call me at work (877) 684-3348 TOLL FREE! I need help on this matter as soon as possible. THANK YOU!!! Mike Bleicher

Karla Gunderson email me! - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 09:08:21 PM
We have a small acreage and would like to build a loafing barn to house two horses and some hay storage. Are there blue prints available somewhere?

P Frank Byrne email me! - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 11:15:00 AM
I am purchasing a farm with a large barn (40 X 100'). Looking for contractors who can give me replacement estimates for insurance purposes, and someone I can rely on in case maintenance work becomes necessary (things that I can't do).

Sharon S email me! - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 12:35:21 PM
This is a great website. I'm so happy I just so happened to stumble upon this wonderful masterpiece. Barns are quite interesting to me and I find that every time I see a different one, it's a whole new experience for me. I feel that barns are fulfilling for both my heart and mind.

Ruth Spaulding email me! - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 05:24:51 PM
I am an artist..looking for pict. of western barn- to paint. Could someone help me. I have a picture of a barn once located in Fincastle, VA. called Ole Peck. Had 2 silos coming up through roof...aerial view was a T shape construction. Great barn built early in 1900s.Torn down for progress I guess.

jmishler email me! - Monday, October 16, 2000 06:15:35 PM
I am looking to rent a barn in the Pittsburgh, PA area for a wedding reception. Does anyone know of any that are available? I prefer something rustic, but that isn't in use right now.

Kevin Lamb email me! - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 05:57:16 AM
We recently purchased a farm formerly owned by my grandparents in Metamora Michigan and are in the process of restoring the barn. I would apreciate any information on available tax credits, incentives, or public assistance available to help us on this project. Thanks

Laurie Martin email me! - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:49:54 AM
I love your web site! My husband and I recently purchased a property with a beautiful nicely kept barn with a Gambrel styled roof that dates back to the 1800's. The barn was jacked up in 1915 to put a concrete floor&walls for stantions. The problem is we can't use this barn and would hate to destroy it.It needs to be moved. If there are any interested parties that would be interested in purchasing the barn, we would entertain any and all offers. We live in Watertown, Wisconsin. Please e-mail. Thank You.

rusty shackleford email me! - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:29:42 PM
I want to make my silo into an observation dome. does anyone know of any geodeisic type of plans for a cool lid?

Ray Cusson email me! - Friday, October 20, 2000 10:56:52 AM
I love the barn pictures!! They are so exquisite that I dare to say they are the living end. Please send me information on the barns, barn people, and any other topic you feel would be of interest to a barn-fanatic such as myself. Just the smell of the hay and the morning milk makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks for making this site- it's really a great tribute to my people and my lifestyle. With deepest sincerity, Raymond Cusson

Craig Good email me! - Saturday, October 21, 2000 09:27:57 AM
We are wanting to build a post and beam barn using some very large logs off of our own property. If you can help finding some barn plans for this type of thing please do.

Kevin K. email me! - Monday, October 23, 2000 07:18:16 PM
Am looking for a Mail Pouch Tobacco mailbox. I saw one the other day and would like to purchase one as a gift for a barn lover in the family. Please let me know of a magazine ad or catalogue available. THANKS!

David R. Rojas email me! - Friday, October 27, 2000 01:01:15 AM
Hi Folks: I am helping my son move from Los Angeles, CA, to St. Louis, MO.; on the way, I would like to sketch or paint some Mail Pouch Barns...does any body know of any along the way? Help Appreciated Dave R

Dan email me! - Monday, October 30, 2000 03:33:05 PM
Can anyone tell me why barns in Kentucky are painted black while they are generally red in, say, Wisconsin?

Masha email me! - Monday, October 30, 2000 05:09:36 PM
Am looking for barn to rent for wedding reception within 3 hours from nyc.

dale o email me! - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 11:28:37 PM
im am looking to have a barn rasied and moved about a 1/2 mile i live i freeport Il near rockford (northern Il) this is a large project and might need to be done in 6 months. please email me if anyone has any info about a good contractor. thanks much

Ragan email me! - Thursday, November 02, 2000 01:43:52 PM
I live in Houston, but have a 85 acre farm in La Grange , Tx. The old farm has 3 barns on it. One is an old chicken house (yes chicken farms were huge here years ago...that is where the 'Chicken Ranch'came from in THE BEST LITTLE W...House IN TEXAS) with all original wood. One is a huge hay barn that needs major work! I would appreciate any references that can be provided either internet based or books that I could use to help decide what and how I can restore these 2 barns. Thanks

Rob email me! - Friday, November 03, 2000 01:31:56 PM
Can anyone tell me why barns are traditionally painted red?

bob swanson email me! - Friday, November 03, 2000 05:18:26 PM
Can any one tell me about the history of a Sears & Robuck barn c.1927. The barn is located in New Hampshire. The 50x36 structure has a beautiful four sided clock tower.

Jon email me! - Friday, November 03, 2000 07:10:13 PM
I have been searching the web for pictures of hay lofts/hay mows. Preferably with hay in them, but I am desperate now and will take anything. Send as attachment to E-mail addy or, my ICQ # is 8239351. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Jon

Lisa Wilson-Krager email me! - Sunday, November 05, 2000 02:52:09 PM
I am doing an essay on barn colors and why? If you know anything about this please help. Also, I am photographing old barns in Michigan, I would appreciate some great locations of unique barns that would be treasures to my collection. Usually I just drive around side roads, and this has yielded some interesting finds. It still would help to have some locations. Thanks so much for any help you can be.

Dan email me! - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 09:19:45 AM
I'm located in NE Ohio and am looking for some information about getting a Mail Pouch sign painted on the side of my workshop. The size of the sign would be about 5'x16'. Thanks

Thomas R. D'Amico email me! - Monday, November 13, 2000 02:38:07 PM
I am trying to find out the location any other imformation concerning German "fachwerk" half timbered barns in the U.S. I understand that there are fachwerk dwellings in the Midwest and in west Texas but I can not find if there are any barns in these areas. Somerset County, New Jersey is funding the restoration of a fachwerk barn constructed in 1847. Any information concerning this unique barn style would be appreciated.

Kathy email me! - Monday, November 13, 2000 04:41:10 PM
You answered my question, "Why are barns painted red?" and it is being forwarded to our recent visitors from Holland. Imagine my embarrassment at not knowing the answer, having lived in Wisconsin all my life. I guess it has always been such a common sight that I never stopped to think about it before! Thanks.

Gary Sturtevant email me! - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 09:51:54 AM
GREEN SHINGLES. Since thousands of barns have green shingled roofs, I wanted to shingle mine with green. Shingle distributers tell me that the tradition green (willow green) shingles are no longer available. One manufacturer would consider a special order to make the traditional green shingle, but only by the truck load (500 squares!!!!). IF anyone knows where I can get green shingles or is interested in sharing a truck load order, contact me at Thanks

Tineke Fokke email me! - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 03:55:46 PM
I think that the roofs are red, because you discribed that many people came from Germany. In Germany most roofs of the houses are red. So red roofs should remind them to Germany. We live in Holland, close to Germany.

GREG email me! - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 06:43:48 AM

Ed Wenzel email me! - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 11:22:45 PM
My wife and I recently bought a home in the Crosswicks Creek section of Hamilton Township, NJ that has an old 2 story horse barn on the property. It's approximate size is 30'x28'. Some of the lumber is hand hewn, but since one side is an apparent addition with a flat roof, it has rotted the main beams that hold the two sides together. I'm trying my best to do as much research on restoration and this web site has been helpful and much appreciated. If anyone reading this does restoration work in NJ, let me know. While the original horse stables are still there, it will eventually be used for a garage and workshop area.

Ryan email me! - Sunday, November 19, 2000 07:39:26 PM
My finance and I are looking for a Mail Pouch Barn close to Cleveland, OH for wedding photographs and we were wondering if anyone could point us to a reference list or an actual barn. Any help would be appreciated. THANKS!

Glor-Isol AB email me! - Friday, November 24, 2000 06:00:39 AM
We are manufacture old style Skandinavian paint for barns! Interested ? contact me.

Don M email me! - Wednesday, December 06, 2000 02:27:06 PM
I heard yesterday that the last Mail Pouch Tobacco barn painter passed away in November. There was a report on National Public Radio on his passing and some comments by a fellow who sought his advice for painting his own advertisments on barns. Too bad, it is the end of an era.

jim tharp email me! - Thursday, December 07, 2000 07:48:06 PM
For anyone who is interested, we have purchased a Mail Pouch Barn sign that was painted and signed by Harley Warrick in 1987. We proudly display this piece of americana on our game room wall. This sign was originally painted as a fund-raiser for charity; or so we were told. this sign was never displayed outside, and is in perfect condition. We have an accompaning news paper article that was written when the sign was for sale in an antique shop in Strasburg Ohio.

chris chub email me! - Tuesday, December 12, 2000 08:02:12 PM
I am looking for information or where to find info about " The Star Barn " located in Middletown Pa. Any info that could be provided would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Alice email me! - Thursday, December 14, 2000 04:43:29 PM
I am a wood toymaker and am currently making a somewhat relistic toy barn for my son and decided to do some research on a few things, and came across this wonderful site! The one question that I do have... I did notice that most barns have barn boards that stand vertically instead of horizontally (the wood that makes the outside walls), is there a reason for that?

Patti email me! - Sunday, December 17, 2000 09:15:53 PM
I am interested in painting a sign on the side of our old out building. Does anyone out there know where I could find pictures of some of the old advertisement found on barns. I am sure I remember others besides mail pouch don't I? Any help appreciated! Thanks!

Eugene Jacobs email me! - Monday, December 18, 2000 12:48:54 PM
I am looking for an old round window approximately 2 ft. in diameter for a barn in the northeast. Does anyone have a resource for this-or a window? You can E-mail me.

Thea Ryan email me! - Tuesday, December 19, 2000 01:27:17 PM
From Eastern South Dakota: I'm looking for any information on yellow barns in the midwest, specifically to do with world war history. If anyone could help me, please let me know! Thank you!!

Jim Langston email me! - Tuesday, December 19, 2000 06:26:00 PM
Who can give me the locations of Mail Pouch barns in Southern Michigan? I photograph these barns, over 200 so far, but have no Michigan photos and very few with snow cover. My home is SE Ohio, Noble County.

Brad Bradley email me! - Wednesday, December 20, 2000 12:22:17 AM
Yes, it is true that the last of the "Chew Mailpouch Tobacco Barn" painters passed away, his name was Harley Warwick and he died Nov 28, 2000 in Wheeling, WV. Mr. Warwick was a Belmont, Ohio native and was 76. I live in Morgantown, Wv. and my mother-in-law who lives in Eastern Ohio sent me his obituary...she knows I loved Mailpouch tobacco barns. I am interested in any books that may have been written on the subject, but so far I've had no success?

Amber email me! - Thursday, December 21, 2000 11:38:55 AM
Help!I'm doing a project for one of my classes where I need to do a presentation on different types of barns. Can anyone send me some information on the history of different types of barns?

dave fogarty email me! - Saturday, December 23, 2000 04:54:18 PM
would love any pics of older barns with advertisements such as mail pouch etc. also locations of barns in michigan. would make great photos especially with all the snowfall this year thanks

Bob Hughes email me! - Sunday, December 24, 2000 05:11:35 PM
On February 27,1989 I had a telephone conversation with Mary Ruth at the Helme Tobacco Company in Wheeling, WV which resulted in my subsequent receipt of an alphabetical listing,by county, of evey known Mail Pouch Tobacco barn in the states of Maryland,Pennsylvania,Virginia and West Virginia. This listing also contained specific detail location information i.e.,10 miles North on Highway 21. Since the early 1980's my wife and I, with the marvelous assistance of numerous friends, have been acquiring photographs of these true bits of Vanishing America. In our travels we have also found numerous barns/buildings not on the list. I would be most appreciative of acquiring Eddie Robberts e-mail address as a follow on to her marvelous article in Chasing Mail Pouch Barns

Stefanie email me! - Sunday, December 31, 2000 06:15:53 PM
My fiance and I are planning a wedding for 10/2001, we need to find a Barn in Saline (area), MI to rent for the reception. If anyone has any information on this sort of thing. Please let us know. Thank you.


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