New at The Barn Journal for 2002


December 22nd

Happy Holidays from The Barn Journal!

We'd like to highlight two new videos in our Barn Resources section: Pennsylvania Barns: A Detective Story (Frank Heath, Harwick, PA) and Barns: Legacy of Wood & Stone (2002 VT Public Television) focus respectively on PA and VT barns.

Pennsylvania Barns is oriented "somewhere between those who know lots about barns and those who don't but would like to learn." Mr. Heath, who lives at Harwick, PA, has also produced a glossy 22" x 24" poster of 24 "people doors" on brick, stone and timber frame Pennsylvania barns.

Barns: Legacy of Wood & Stone explains the resurgence of interest in preserving these historic structures, shows a raising and conveys the legacy left by the master builders of another time.


October 24th

The Barn Journal now has a bulletin board!

We are pleased to announce an important new addition to this site: The Barn Board. This is a bulletin board for you to post your comments and questions on a variety of topics related to barns and the preservation of farm buildings, and to see what other readers have to say. To learn more, visit The Barn Board.


October 21st

We've added three new noteworthy books to our Barn Resources section, under "Books and Articles." Here is a brief overview of each title:

More Stories from The Round Barn (see The Dougan Round Barn, our Featured Barn from January 1998) is Jackie Dougan Jackson's second book of reminiscences of growing up on a Beloit, WI dairy farm. Ms. Jackson develops the everyday occurrences of life into a fascinating story of three generations of the Dougan family and operating a retail dairy farm from the Round Barn.

Barns of Dennis, Massachusetts is an attractive paperback with 43 color photographs, a helpful introductory text and locater map of the shingled and gable-door carriage barns of Cape Cod by summer resident, Sumner E. Perlman. This is a fine reference book for your next trip to the Cape.

Jefferson County, WV resident and artist Diana Suttenfield has issued Elegy for Barns, a limited edition paperback with 18 pastels of barns in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. See how Ms. Suttenfield has interpreted such impressions as, "The starkness of a white barn in a snow covered cornfield; the brilliance of a spring green meadow with a red barn; early morning light transforming a brown barn into pink" into art.


October 4th

We've added three new articles to The Red Mill section of The Barn Journal:

  • See a gallery of images from the first summer at The Red Mill
  • Read about the dedication of The Red Mill by the city of Portland, MI
  • Learn the story of grain elevator photographer Bruce Selyem

The Jefferson County Barn Tour and Harvest Fair is coming up next weekend, Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13, at Burr Farm in West Virginia. See Barn Events for more information.


June 17th

We've added two noteworthy books to the Books and Articles section of Barn Resources. The first is This Old Barn, A Treasury of Family Farm Memories, a "coffee table" quality book of almost 150 pages of beautiful photography for those that grew up on a farm, or wished they had. The second is Barns of the Queen's Bush, an instructive volume with explanatory text, and black and white photos of the majestic 19th century barns of Grey and Bruce Counties on Ontario's Georgian Bay.

Also, there are two Iowa barn events coming up in two weeks, on Saturday, June 29: the "Once Upon a Farm" Celebration in Iowa City and the Van Buren County Barn Tour in Keosauqua. See Barn Events for more information.


March 28th

Learn about a special kind of barn decoration in a new article: Barn Stars in Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania, by Bill Plack. The story includes over a dozen of Mr. Plack's photos of barn stars. Check it out in the Barn Stories section.


February 10th

The Barn Journal now has a new Featured Barn: the Heart of the Vineyard round barn in Baroda, Michigan. This barn was relocated from Indiana in 1997, and now has the unique distinction of serving as a cognac distillery.


February 9th

There are three barn-related events coming up in the next two months to mark on your calendar:

In East Lansing, Michigan, The Michigan Barn Preservation Network 7th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday March 9th. The meeting will take place in the Kellogg Center at MSU, and there will be workshops on barn pests, silos and windmills, barn rehabilitation, and more. For more information, contact Vera Wiltse at 989.465.1216 or

In Sauder Village, Ohio, The Friends of Ohio Barns Conference will be held on March 15th and 16th. Specialists from the New York Barn Alliance and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network will make presentations. Contact Rudy or Laura Christian at for details.

Lastly, in Morrisburg, Ontario, The 11th Annual Conference of the Traditional Timber Frame Research and Advisory Group (TTRAG) will be held April 12th through 14th. Barn Preservation is a part of the program. For more information, contact Will Beemer at 413.623.9926 or

For information on other events, visit the Barn Events section.