Barn Guestbook Archive: October - December 2001

Shirl email me! - Saturday, October 06, 2001 02:54:09 PM
My daughter wishes to have her wedding reception in a barn in Bucks or Lancaster County, PA. Does anyone know of any available, or have any experience with this. A November 2002 wedding is in the planning, so heat and restrooms would be needed.

Arlen Struck email me! - Friday, October 19, 2001 05:13:35 PM
I enjoyed your reading about the different barns. My wife and I have a farm house builted in the mid 1860's along with a 40' x 80' post and beam constructed barn. The barn is still sitting on the log foundation. Someday I hope to restore the barn. Our place is Southwest of Wabash, IN: East of Treaty, IN about a mile off the State road #15 Everyone is welcome to come see the barn anytime. Our address is 1355E 700S Wabash, IN 46992 Ph 765-981-2940

Beverly Newman email me! - Friday, October 19, 2001 06:26:41 PM
Does anyone know of Mail Pouch or other interesting barns on the west coast. I live in Central California but could maybe check out any along the Oregon or Washington coast as we'll be driving that way next summer.

amy email me! - Sunday, October 21, 2001 02:09:16 PM
hello, after spending the most wonderful day in indiana, hunting for all the covered bridges, my friend and i has a discussion about barns, and why so many are painted red...i am sure someone has a really good answer to this,,and i would really like to know, so i can share this with my companion!! it seems to me i've heard it has something to do superstition of some kind, but just couldn't recall, and my friend kinda gave me an odd look when i told him this!!!! please feel free to email me with any sort of stories, information, ideas as to why so many barns are red!!!! thanks so much,,amy and randy

R. Miner email me! - Monday, October 22, 2001 01:10:03 PM
I am looking for someone who has a good knowledge regarding three aisle barn tradition in New England, especially Conn.

Guard Sundstrom email me! - Thursday, October 25, 2001 06:01:58 PM
I recently acquired a farmstead on San Juan Island, Washington with a 100 year old barn that is in bad shape. A list on the wall of the house tells when the barn was constructed and by whom. It has two sections to make one barn built at two different times( 1896 and 1914. It is still standing however and leaning, and much of the roof is gone also ( I have cables to keep it up. It is a large barn and was was use as a dairy and horse stalls, amd ocalf pens, and hay storage. It had a overhead track system. I have photos of a hay wagon in the front of the barn. I also have other old photoes, even mmy mother milking a cow in the barn. Both her and I grew up next to the farm. The farmstead also contains a 100 year house and functioning outhouse. All of the other structure are in good shape. My goal was to have the barn restored, pretty much original. I do not have enough money for such a restoration maybe $100,000(rough estimate). I'm looking for a fund source for such a restoration. I still farm, but do not need such as large barn, however I have to do something with it.It is a beautiful old barn. thank you gns

Jeff Marshall email me! - Saturday, October 27, 2001 08:15:23 PM
I am teaching a course on barns in Bucks County, PA. I am looking for information on barns with datestones or where a definitive construction date is known in southeast PA area to help establish time lines for bent typology, scribe rule vs. square rule, etc. I would also like to find 19th century references to barn construction to learn contemporary names for features found in barns. If anyone is familiar with zoning regulations or variances that grant special dispensation for historic barns to help preserve barns in suburban areas I would love to get copies. Thanks

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Your City, MI USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 23:52:52 (CST)

I appreciate the beauty and history of Eastern barns however am quite curious as to why nothing appears about the thousands of old barns sitting through-out the Western USA. There is also a bit of beauty and history surrounding them.
Samuel A. Jackson <>
Kanab, UT USA - Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 21:15:22 (CST)

Hi, I'm currently working on a research project on Michigan barns and other farm buildings in Michigan. At present, I am looking for others to trade photographs with (I have over 100 & the number is growing daily!). Thanks & drop me a note if you have some pictures to trade -
Mark Pickvet <>
Flint, MI USA - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 11:40:19 (CST)

I am looking for a company that builds houses in the shape of old barns. Please e-mail me at
Howard Vorwaldt <>
Donnellson , IA USA - Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 20:20:07 (CST)

As a former member of the Amish church and current architect in training, I am amazed at the increasing enthusiasm that people today have for old barns. I can recall a time when I was a young boy, the ladies in the house and the men in the barn, where all "important" matters were discussed amongst the elders of the commune. For me, the barn holds special meaning. Now, almost 30 years old, I subconsciously and in a divine sort of way, ache to be in that kind of space again...where the "important" things are discussed. I so much want to take an old barn and make it my home, but that is very expensive. Maybe I'll become a Barn Architect.
Robert R Schmucker Jr <>
Shaker Hts, OH USA - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 10:06:20 (CST)

Just painted my 1910 hay barn Grape leaf green with a fall oakleaf base. It looks very awesome, this monolith changes it shade of green with each change of the weather or hour .
greg upshur <>
stockbridge, mich USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 11:57:45 (CST)

I have been photographing different and unusual barns for a while. For the past few months I have been building a web site designed to share the information on where these barns exist and provide a photograph of the barns. The site is: The type of barns referenced at this site include: Round Barns, Ohio Bicentennial barns, Mail Pouch & tobacco advertising barns, Rock City Barns, artistic and other unusual barns. This post is being made so others interested in these type of barns are aware of this site and to request information on barns similar to ones on this site.
Mike M <>
Chillicothe, OH USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 10:15:03 (CST)

Last Sunday we travelled to Carthage, Mo. to see the last Mail Pouch barn painted by noted painter Harley Warrick, who is now deceased. He painted this in July, 93. We collect Mail Pouch barn memorabilia, and find it fascinating to travel around and find the old painted barns. We would like to contact the lady in Lancaster, Ohio who is also a Mail Pouch enthusiast, as my husband is originally from Logan, Ohio.
Maureen <>
Lenexa, Ks. USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 21:09:27 (CST)

The barn is sinking in one corner. The soil is a clay base with a small stream running beside it, the stream can.t be moved. The The barn has four centre posts with the two leanning on the end of the sinking.I need advice if possible to rectify. It would be ashame if it fell down into my other out building. Thanks
Stewart Millar <>
Astorville, ontario Canada - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 16:13:59 (CST)

Does anyone know if Lena Williams, Cincinnati, has completed the book about her dad Harley Warrick, the last Mail Pouch Tobacco barn painter? I'm writing a related newspaper article about someone repainting a Mail Pouch barn near here, and would like to contact her.
Chan Mattingly <>
Aurora, IN USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 14:24:37 (CST)


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