Barn Guestbook Archive: January — March 2002

Hello. I have enjoyed visiting this site, as I truly have a love and appreciation for old barns. Additionally, this past summer, I hand scraped and painted my barn, the west side I finished with a "Mail Pouch Tobacco" ad.....I live not too far from the MSU campus. I take a lot of pride in my barn, and would enjoy hearing from others who feel the same way
Mike Kraft <>
USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 15:11:01 (CST)

I have been interested in barns, especially with advertising since the late 70's when I came across an old Simonez ad on a barn on Rt 22 in Penn. Since then I have taken detours and back roads on all my vacations just in hopes to see another different barn. I would be interested in locations of barns with advertising. Thanks lynn
lynn lloyd <>
mesquite, tx USA - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 09:29:33 (CST)

Have returned to my 'teen hobby of creating scaled models from scratch, using balsawood...finished a model of a Shenandoah Valley barn this past now working on a scaled model of a Virginia covered bridge...each beam and plank is cut by hand...what an invigorating avocation for this educator!
Squire Steffey <>
Williamsburg,, Va. 23188 USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 01:09:01 (CST)

When selling an antique barn who is generally responsible for dismantling costs, seller or buyer?
Tony <>
Falmouth, MA USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 13:38:18 (CST)

Would like info. on grant programs or private foundation grants to relocate cica 1700 barn from Mass. to Maine (225 miles. Looking for grant/donation in the approximate amount of $50,000.00. Or expert looking to donate time to help dismantle same barn for relocation.
Tony <>
Falmouth, MA USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 13:43:52 (CST)

hi, i'm looking for a renovated barn in the Hudson Valley, Port Jervis or Catskills area to use for my wedding reception in September 2002--can anyone help??? Thanks in advance, Jennifer
jennifer reingold <>
nyc, ny USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 22:44:17 (CST)

I have photographed round & polysided barns for several years. I have built a web site designed to share these pictures and the locations of the barns. The site is: I am writing this so others interested in round barns are aware of this site and to request information on these barns and round barns that I haven't seen yet.
Dale Travis <>
Lockport, IL USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 13:47:16 (CST)

My wife and her family told me there was only one color to paint a barn,RED, bu they love it in green,My niehgbor sent me a Norman Rockwell post card thanking me for beautifiing her view.
gerg upshur <>
stockbridge, mi USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 19:08:03 (CST)

Great site! Really useful as i am restoring a large barn at the farm i just purchased? Many Thanks
Tarby Gallacher <>
Bognor Regis, U.K. - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 04:55:02 (CST)

I am also looking for a barn to hold my wedding reception in! Anywhere in the Cumberland/Frostburg/Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland (far western part of the state). Please email me if you know of anything!
Tracy <>
Cumberland, MD USA - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 14:50:15 (CST)

Does anyone know of a barn located within about an hour or so from the Washington, D.C./Dulles, Virginia area that would be appropriate for a wedding reception? Since we don't want a traditional, formal wedding...and the outdoors is important to us, we thought a barn in a pretty setting would be a fun way to do it! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....
USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 20:28:26 (CST)

Does anyone know of a barn located within about an hour or so from the Washington, D.C./Dulles, Virginia area that would be appropriate for a wedding reception? Since we don't want a traditional, formal wedding...and the outdoors is important to us, we thought a barn in a pretty setting would be a fun way to do it! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....
Jill <>
USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 20:29:34 (CST)

A country girl from Prophetstown, Illinois here! Looking to hold my wedding reception in a barn (I see from these posts I'm not the only one!) in September. Anywhere from Annawan to Sterling is ideal. Any help would be much appreciated!
Kelli Bielema <>
Los Angeles, ca USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 21:51:38 (CST)

I am looking for a barn to rent in MA, NH, or ME for a June 2003 wedding. Thanks for any suggestions
Virginia Foley <>
Cambridge, MA USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 14:37:19 (CST)

I am looking to have a wedding and reception on a farm, in a barn within the Twin Cities area August 2002. We want this to be as low budget and as casual as possible, a pig roast perhaps.
Olivia <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 15:54:16 (CST)

Hello! I'm planning a wedding for November of 2002 as well, and would love to hear from anyone who has information about barns or other rustic sites in Maryland and/or Virginia. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Elisabeth Mahaffay <>
Richmond, VA USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 21:02:53 (CST)

looking for information on how to paint chew mail pouch logo on the side of a new barn that I'am trying to desin and build. Any information would help.
Robert Slusher <>
windsor, oh USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 10:13:13 (CST)

I have a "bird" problem in my barn! Can anyone help? One bit of information given to me is that birds will not make nests in barns that they do not have a permanent "access" in & out of. Our stalls are "walk-out" stalls for the horses to come & go which leaves the birds open access. Has anyone hung "plastic" in strips so their horses can come & go but birds can't? Did it work well? What type & where did you get the plastic??? thanks!
Sara Axon <>
Dunstable, MA USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 18:59:54 (CST)

I am also interested in renting a renovated barn for a wedding reception at the end of June 2002. Please email with any leads - much appreciated!
Amy Vitro <>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 11:31:09 (CST)

Hi - I'm also looking for a barn to rent for a wedding reception in the Catskills at the end of June 2002. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Please email!
Amy Vitro <>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 11:33:16 (CST)

We are planning a September 2002 wedding in central Iowa. Looking for an outdoor location for ceremony w/ barn for reception. Please help!
Angela Sorem <>
Loveland, co USA - Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 08:10:44 (CST)

I am looking for information to preserve my family's farm. The barn is of special importance because my grandfather was a WI state senator and a dairy businessman. He started a cooperative called Dairy Distributors which eventually became part of AMPI. The barn is in need of restoration. It is a post and beam structure that was built as a show barn for the dairy industry in Wisconsin. I do want to see the barn deteriorate. I need help in how I can preserve this piece of history. Can anyone offer any ideas. I don't know where to go for help. Please let me know. Thanks!
Fred Uttech <>
Manitowoc, WI USA - Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 18:16:08 (CST)

HELP! We have a 100 year old barn on our property that we are considering renovating into our home. We are looking for an "expert" to assess the condition and overall viability of this project. We are located midway between Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana just off I-74 in Batesville, Indiana.
Todd Cook <>
Batesville, IN USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 09:12:55 (CST)

Hi, I tried to email you a response but it was returned twice so I decided to post it in the hopes you will check back and read it. Don I read with interest about your efforts to determine the overall condition of your old barn. You may want to look at the attached web page: which is the Timber Framer's Guild. They specialize in preserving and building timber frames or post and beam buildings. That said, I made the assumption that your barn is a timber frame building although it is possible yours is a conventionally built dimensional 2x building, in which case you would want to obtain the services of a different person or group. There is a barn renovation program being rerun (This Old House Classics) on HGTV in my area. In that project, the old barn was inspected by the TOH crew and then by a member of the Timber Framer's Guild. They determined the barn to be too far gone so they razed it, saving what they could and then put up a new timber frame and basically built a new barn/house that looked much like the original on the original site. I am an avid fan of old building renovations & conversions. My wife and I converted a 150 yr old cider mill into a house a number of years ago. Most recently we restored/converted a huge PA bank barn from a dairy to horse barn. This barn had some substantial termite damage as well as sill rot on the bank side. If you are interested go to this site and read the article on it: The areas we were concerned about were the insect infestation and rot. We were fortunate that the barn had a good standing seam metal roof and the previous owners had maintained the integrity of the external envelope. Had the roof been poor, the barn would probably have rotted and collapsed by now as the last cow left in 1958! A leaking roof rapidly leads to the demise of a post and beam structure. Try the Timber Framers Guild to see if they have someone in your area who might check out your barn if a post & beam. Try a good building contractor or inspector for an assessment if a conventional frame. If I can be of any help with ideas or suggestions feel free to write. Good Luck, Don
Don McLean <>
Boiling Springs, PA USA - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 13:16:41 (CST)

The Seager Barn in Osceola County, Michigan. I love arched roof barns. This one may get copied and scaled down for a storage shed/pumphouse. 8x14 Thanks ....Vern :)
Vern Sager <>
Star, ID USA - Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 05:50:43 (CST)

Mainely Stone & Timber, LLC can help locate buyers for your barn. We work with several builders and other interested parties who have a love for sawn and hewn barns. We are also looking for qualified craftsmen to help dismantle barns in the Northeast. For further info. please contact Tony at (508) 946-2216.
Tony Jeffery <>
Middleboro, MA USA - Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 11:13:17 (CST)

I'm looking for a barn in the Chicagoland area or Lake Geneva, WI suitable for Fall 2002 wedding reception for 250 people. Please email me if you know of any. Thanks.
Erin Gaines <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 17:27:51 (CST)

So I love round barns. But more important, I want to build a true, working, round barn. Current plans are for 40' diameter, one main floor, partial basement (we're on a slope) and a top floor. Purpose is to house about 20 chickens, a dozen meat rabbits, about 5 - 10 sheep and about 5 - 10 goats. Goats and sheep are for fleece. Don't plan to huose large amounts of grain or hay, but would like a center silo to hold composte to help heat the barn during the winter. It also must have openable windows during the summers (it HOT up here!) but allow them to be closed during the cold, rainy winters. Any suggestions on plans for this barn? Thanks for the help. D.A.M.
Dennis Marshall <>
Auburn, CA USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 23:05:05 (CST)

We are renovating a barn into a home and are looking for help in deciding upon a heating system for a three story barn. If you have any information on barn heating or have a suggested reference, we would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.
John Walker <>
Bloomsburg, PA USA - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 21:56:29 (CST)

Hi, I was thinking about what you said about unpainted barns, mostly being plain. There is one instance I immediately thought of that sure does not fit that bill. On the Pennsylvania Turnpike going east toward Bedford, about 5 miles before the exit there is a long straight stretch of turnpike, and on the left side, I believe just before an overpass is the most terrific example of an old elaborate unpainted barn I ever saw. It has many shutters and capulas, I hope it is still there. I first noticed it in the 1950's and have not passed that was for 5 years or so.
Donna Kay Ferguson <>
Lisbon, oh USA - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 21:59:53 (CST)

i think that YOUR answer to the "Why are Barns Red" question is very bad im sorry... BYE ! ! !
Rebecca Marsh <>
Valomia, Or Portugal - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 20:53:57 (CST)

i think you'r extremely hott and u should e-mail me so we can get together (wink wink) luv u... bye...*-*CiNdY*-*
Cindy Crawford <>
Los Angelas, Ca USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 20:56:24 (CST)

During my vacation last summer, we drove through Iowa and I saw a lot of barns that had what appeared to be a small room, generally in the middle of and above the roof, higher than the roof line. Looked like a cupulo but bigger. What is this for? My wife and I joked that it was a room for the farmer to go stay in when he was in the dog house.
Chuck <>
Polo, MO USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 15:11:25 (CST)

We were out driving around our small town and I noticed that all the barns were red. Mom said joking, "Ask Jeeves that question." So I did and it led me to this website. I think your explanations of "Why are barns red," are very good.
Marion, va USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 07:24:00 (CST)

I'm looking for information on where I can get blueprints for a barn with the large curved roof. They look almost like a hip roof barn but the roof is curved. Infor on building a hip roof barn would be appreciated also.
Billie Dofelmier <>
Prineville, OR USA - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 14:38:22 (CST)

I came across this web site quite by accident. I enjoyed reading an article about Mail Pouch Tobacco barns; it seems a pity that most of them seem to be back east. Does anyone here know of any in California? I'd like to see one for myself and take a few pictures of it.
Ed Hall <>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 19:28:06 (CST)

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