Barn Guestbook Archive: April - June 2001

ashley email me! - Monday, April 02, 2001 02:41:59 PM
I am looking for a barn to have a wedding reception in! Our wedding is going to be at a church in Taylors Falls, MN (St Croix River Valley) and we would be willing to drive within 45" of the church for a good ole barn to have the reception in. If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, comments, or people i can contact, please help me~~~!!! signed, desperately un-wed in a barn... Twin Cities, MN ashley

Linda Oatman High email me! - Monday, April 02, 2001 03:02:20 PM
As the author of a book for children - BARN SAVERS (based on my husband's work) - I'm now working on a book for adults: 100 USES FOR AN OLD BARN. If anyone has craft ideas, decorating suggestions, etc., please send to: Linda Oatman High 1209 Reading Road Narvon, PA 17555 Photos would be greatly appreciated, also. Thank you.

Amy Betz email me! - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 12:51:32 PM
I thought I had read somewhere that red, in addition to the iron oxide being prevalent was also to used to be seen in a snowstorm. Any truth in that? The same source said that white was used in the south to keep the barns cooler. Anyone out there hear that?

Ruth email me! - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 09:55:16 PM
See Rock City Barns There is a book available at most major book stores ( for one) called See Rock City Barns: A Tennessee Tradition by Anita Armstrong Capps. It has directions and pictures of all of the barns. Hope that helps.

Ruth email me! - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 09:57:39 PM
Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns I'm wondering if anyone knows of any Mail Pouch Barns located in Wisconsin. My sister and I photograph barns as a hobby and have seen pictures of at least one in the state but haven't been able to come up with the location. Any info would be appreciated.

stacy email me! - Sunday, April 08, 2001 10:40:04 PM
I am looking for Mailpouch Barns to photograph. Any info on specific locations would be great. Thank you.

Chris email me! - Monday, April 09, 2001 11:53:04 AM
Just wanted to let you know how suprised I was to find our barn on Elmer Napier's "Brainstorming of Mail Pouch Barns" photo page. We own the barn on Rt. 21 in northern Jackson Co. W.V. We are amazed by the amount of people that stop along 21 to take pictures of our barn. We are very proud to be the owner's of one of these barns.

Don Hill email me! - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 01:53:27 PM
This is a real question posed to me by my associates. Why are barnes painted red?

Kelly Cray email me! - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 03:25:37 PM
Greetings! I am currently working on a project...I'll be photographing old barn structures throughout Connecticut with intentions of producing a table style, and perhaps calendars...any information or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! -Kelly

Susan email me! - Thursday, April 12, 2001 05:18:07 PM
I am in need of information regarding barns in the Greater Grand Rapids/Western Michigan area in which a wedding reception may be held. If no one has knowledge of any such venue, then suggestions of where to begin my search would be appreciated. ( Thank you.

Westerström email me! - Sunday, April 15, 2001 11:02:52 AM
Why are the barns red? I think the Sweed have this in ther mine, when thay go to USA under 1800- In Sweden we have paint barns sinc 1500-1600. Whe olmost youst natural paint. More information contact me.

jeff email me! - Monday, April 16, 2001 01:56:13 AM
i would like to compliment all youns on the nice photos and i myself am a follower of the mail pouch. there are some in the indiana county, western pa. if interested email at I even made a replica for my mail box and find it to very attractive and will try to carry on the mail pouch logo. if for some reason you would like apic of the barn for my mailbox i would gladly send one for whoever.

Ed F. Olson email me! - Thursday, April 19, 2001 12:08:46 PM
I am glad I found this site. I have had an interest in barns for along time. I photograph and paint pictures of them. I am always on the look out for another barn to add to my file. Let me know if anyone has a spare photograph to give away. Or just tell me if you are close to Omaha and I will come and see you. In the short time I have done this many wonderful barns have been destroyed or let fall down. If I can help to preserve these wonderful buildings, then I served some useful purpose. Please E-mail me. Let's talk barns...Ed

Mark email me! - Thursday, April 19, 2001 09:15:21 PM
I have a 100+ yr old barn that is weathering, and while I like the look, I'm concerned that the wood will deteriorate too much this way. It had once been painted red, and has doors and trim that were white. I don't have much of a budget, and I'm wondering if a red stain would both protect and let the barn keep some of that older weathered look. Any thoughts on stain vs. paint?

Paul email me! - Saturday, April 21, 2001 12:54:18 PM
I live in central Michigan and am interested in a locator list of Mail Pouch barns in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia or anywhere for that matter. I would truly appreciate any information that could be passed along.

Jason email me! - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 05:26:02 PM
New club for everyone who likes Mail Pouch & Ohio Bicentennial Barns. Locations & photo's. You can post info, pictures, or chat with others who like barns. So come check it out!

Sue VB email me! - Sunday, April 29, 2001 06:20:59 PM
Do you think barns are painted red because wasps don't see red and they won't get so many wasp nests on their red barn?

Don M email me! - Tuesday, May 01, 2001 09:27:16 AM
Sue, That is an interesting idea. Do you think carpenter bees are also color blind? They seem to like eating our old red barn as well as the dark green frame on our white spring house. I keep hearing that red oxide was an inexpensive dye used to make paint red and that was why it was popular for barns which were large and took a large quantity of paint. Don

ageana email me! - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 05:04:45 AM
This is a nice site, it was interesting as well as educational. I work with a company that has a similiar interest as this site promotes. We have started a side project of purchasing barns that are on the list to be demolished for development. Instead of the wood being destroyed, we make picture frames for people to enjoy the unique texture. Link if interested

Serge email me! - Thursday, May 03, 2001 09:57:31 PM
Hi, My wife and I are just about to purchase a barn, and are wandering about wood treatment we should be puting on the frame before reerecting. Should we use fungicide ? and /or insecticide? Also what should we do to the barn boards before re use them as interior finish on celings and walls? Please help. Serge and Kuni

Mike email me! - Monday, May 07, 2001 02:28:37 PM
Some barns are painted black and had black roofs to speed up the tobacco drying process. This was an explanation I always heard growing up in rural SE Ohio. Why the red? I'll take this site's explanation.

kathy la belle email me! - Thursday, May 10, 2001 10:26:27 AM
To Eddie Roberts re: Chasing Mail Pouch barns Where is the mail pouch barn that is featured in the top of your article? It is a great example and I would love to go see it and take a picture. Is it in West Virginia in Belmont or Michigan? Do you know if Harley Warrick painted the Mail Pouch sign on it? I would really appreciate it if you could let me know. I have always been interested in barns because we lived all over the midwest, but have become quite interested in mail pouch barns and Harley after reading his obituary in November. Now I'm on a mission to find a picture or print of a mail pouch barn that was painted by Harley. Thanks for your help! Kathy La Belle

Kathy La Belle email me! - Thursday, May 10, 2001 10:33:00 AM
E. Roberts e-mail me with info on the barn featured in the top of your aricle on Chasing mail pouch barns- what state is it in and did Harley paint it? I live in Indianapolis and will search for it on my travels.I love it! Thanks Kathy

Ivan and Sue Gould email me! - Thursday, May 10, 2001 10:44:56 PM
We are looking for for anybody interested in old barns beams, barnboards, ect, to come tear down our old barn. Send us an e-mail if your interested. Thanks, Sue and Ivan Gould

DEB email me! - Saturday, May 12, 2001 10:16:02 AM
I am trying find out about a preservation grant that is offered in New York for saving barns over fifty years old. I have a 140 year old barn and have spent a small fortune just in repairing the roof and still needs more work any help i can get would be appreciated.

Carol Steadham email me! - Tuesday, May 15, 2001 01:14:10 PM
I've been interested in the Mail Pouch barns since the early 50's. I lived in eastern Ohio and had a barn near me that had the wonderful old sign painted on it. I moved away, but have always remembered the signs. I would love to paint a Mail Pouch sign on my garden shed. Does anyone know where I can find some guidelines? I have photos but am not really an artist. Any suggestions??

Louise Pompa email me! - Friday, May 18, 2001 11:25:51 AM
My husband and I recently bought a farm in Indiana/Clearfield County ,Pa. The barn is in desperate need of repair, however not unsalvageable, structurally good. Does anyone have any information on grants availabel to help assist in repairs?

Don M email me! - Friday, May 18, 2001 11:44:33 AM
Hi Louise, I live in Boiling Springs, PA near Harrisburg. I am not aware of any programs in PA to help with barn repair. There are some Federal tax breaks for renovations of historic properties but you should read the IRS documentation on that. Check with your local historic society to see if there is anything local to help. We have been through some fairly significant work on our barn but it is solid now. It just needs scraping and painting but that is a whole other project! Good Luck, Don

Sandy email me! - Sunday, May 20, 2001 05:49:49 PM
There is often a small, square, 2-story structure behind many farms. It is usually behind the house and painted like the house. Is this just a guest house, or did it originally serve another purpose? Apparently this question has driven my mom crazy for years, so I offered to help her search out an answer.

Don M email me! - Monday, May 21, 2001 03:00:32 PM
This is most likely a summer kitchen. Our farm has one closely located near the house. It has a porch and is one large room with a big walk-in fireplace. It was used as the kitchen during the summer to keep the heat from cooking out of the house. Ours was used as a smoke house in the fall to smoke all the meat for the winter. Some of these summer kitchens did indeed have a second floor and that was probably where the hired hand lived. We are currently using ours as a mud room for boots and barn jackets as well as a place to do gardening chores.

Bob n Kathy email me! - Friday, May 25, 2001 06:32:43 PM
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Shawn email me! - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 08:22:36 AM
My family was recently told that we have the only A-frame barn in our area and it was worth restoring (for a price, of course). We were wondering if our barn is truly unique, or if someone was just trying to make some money. We live in the NC mountains. Thank you for your help.

Obie email me! - Friday, June 01, 2001 09:40:16 PM
Anyone know of a link/site that has instructions or details on re-roofing barns? I also need some ideas on painting/staining the siding that was recently replaced.

Dave Jenkins email me! - Monday, June 04, 2001 10:41:34 AM
I'm the author/photographer of the book "Rock City Barns: A Passing Era," a coffee-table format book which contains photographs of every existing Rock City barn known at the time of publication. This book has *all* known barns (about 250, in 14 states), and is not to be confused with the book "See Rock City Barns: A Tennessee Tradition" by Anita Capps, which has paintings, not photographs, and contains some, but not all, barns from Tennessee only. You can look up my book and read the reviews at at this URL: Signed and inscribed copies are available directly from me at the amazon price. Dave Jenkins

Jason email me! - Monday, June 04, 2001 03:45:31 PM Cool site if you are in to Mail Pouch & Ohio Bicentennial Barns! Check it out.

Amy Bonn email me! - Monday, June 11, 2001 08:48:46 PM
I love old farmhouses and barns. My boyfriend recently bought property w/ barns on it and w/ my encouragement and several other people, he is considering it. Cost is an issue since it wasn't his top priority. I'd like to help him save one more barn in Michigan! It was an old milking barn and still has the equipment. The loft is only accessible from the outside(Why?). I'm trying to find out whether for historical purposes the roof must be re-shingled or is it okay to use metal? Any funding or organization that helps w/ ideas,etc. Please let me know!

Hugh Tripp email me! - Tuesday, June 12, 2001 07:47:48 PM
Any advise for a guy trying to restore a barn in Massachusetts? It's in dire straights and there seems to be little assistance for the preservation of these buildings. It was built in 1784 by a Rev. war veteran. The barn is beautiful and i would like to see it last. Any help would be appreciated. Hugh

Amanda email me! - Saturday, June 16, 2001 08:24:00 PM
I have used barns as a focal point for my impressionistic acrylic paintings. Barns have so much character. I am glad that some one had an answer on why barns are red.

Kim Weninger email me! - Sunday, June 17, 2001 07:35:38 PM
We have a deceased barn(fell this winter) that we couldn't restore due to the high cost of farming-would like to sell at least some of the wood so that it would at least live on as another wonderful thing-any ideas? Thanks!!

Bob email me! - Thursday, June 21, 2001 02:35:55 PM
looking for information on sears & roebuck barns from 1927. I am restoring mine at this time. Catalog info, pricing, etc.

Marie Cestello email me! - Friday, June 22, 2001 12:48:18 AM
enjoyed reading all about the interest in barns. Surprized that there were so many interested people. I paint barns as a hobby (pictures ,that is.)I like the old ones that have character!

ELLEN email me! - Friday, June 22, 2001 11:10:02 AM

Natalie email me! - Friday, June 22, 2001 12:04:58 PM
I am looking for a barn in which to have a wedding reception in the Boulder, Colo., area...Anyone out there know of any for rent? Please reply if you do. The sooner the better. Thank you.

Anna May Hunt email me! - Friday, June 22, 2001 11:05:22 PM
Have barn siding with mailpouch tobacco sign painted on it=approximately 50 years old -- for sale

mlplank email me! - Saturday, June 23, 2001 03:16:57 PM
Just recently quit dairy farming. Would like to get some ideas on what to do with the barn. It has 57 tie stalls in the bottom of it and overhead for hay storage. If any one has any ideas please let me know Thanks

m patterson email me! - Saturday, June 23, 2001 10:59:15 PM
I am interested in converting a 100 year old bank barn (Ontario, Canada) into a house and would be interested in hearing from anyone who has done this type of project -- pitfalls, things you did, things you would do differently, etc. Thanks.

Heather Hall email me! - Monday, June 25, 2001 10:39:31 PM
We are looking for some help restoring an old barn-60feetX120feet. We are going to put a new roof on it but first need to do some work on the timbers which have rotted, shifted etc. We live in the thumb area of Michigan, Lapeer County to be exact. Any one know of someone?

M Hittle email me! - Saturday, June 30, 2001 08:57:43 PM
After having this discussion with officemates, I asked "Jeeves" why barns are red and came upon your site. I'll be sharing the information with them. Thank you! I had a great time reading the articles and postings from other barn enthusiasts.


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