A cool country barn redux

Old country barn

The man who built this barn was around 10 years old at the end of the War Between the States.. His descendants agreed for me to photograph it and gave me a few details about the structure. Our story includes some detailed pictures of the barn's innards.

We’ve been here before

But some things bear a second look. There has been recent interest expressed in photographing and documenting old barns. It’s nice to know I am no longer alone in this pursuit. Turns out there is a National Barn Alliance too.

I did this story originally in July, 2010. At that time the structure of the original building was sound for the most part. As you can see, you can’t say as much for the add-ons that are omnipresent in most southern barns I see. Let’s hope not much has changed in a couple of years. See our original Cool Country Barn post here.

Be sure and see the original Corndancer Photo of the Week story as well.

Click here for a gallery of 20 pictures of the old barn including inside the structure plus a couple of old churches and a surprise critter.

Click here for a gallery of 42 color and black and white pictures of the barn, plus a churches and critter. This is a flash gallery which Macintosh computers don’t like.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind


A requiem for tunes

If you’ve arrived here from the Corndancer dot com Photo of the Week, this continues the saga. If you’ve arrived here independently of the original story, and your curiosity is piqued, you can check it out here.

An abandonbed building with an abandoned piano

An abandoned building with an abandoned piano

It was hard to miss. A ravished and bedraggled piano in front of an long unoccupied building. You just don’t see that every day. Makes you wonder why the building is boarded and why the now tuneless piano was unceremoniously left in the lurch.

These conditions also give you a good reality check. It seems a shame to abandon what might have been a serviceable piano to the elements and vandals. But it’s done and we saw it too late. End of story. That’s the reality.

This old barn with diagnoal clapboards has a distinctive appearance.

Diagonal clapboards yeid a distinctive appearance.

The joy of met expectations

While we lament the demise of an abandoned and disheveled piano, most of us believe similarly  shopworn old barns are pretty cool. Perhaps it’s because we expect old barns to be in disrepair. And we like it when our expectations are readily met.

If you’ve ever wondered about the notched doors on old barns, I was told once by an old-building aficionado that the additional height achieved by notching the doors was to admit a man on a horse or a wagon full of hay, An engineering buddy added that the triangular structure affords a bit of additional strength.

What we expect. Snaggle-toothed and still standing

What we expect. Snaggle-toothed and still standing

A few miles further down the country road, I happened across another old barn which fully subscribed to our alleged barn expectation criteria. Still standing, showing the ravages of years and untoward weather. The discovery came at a good time. Had I arrived just a few minutes later, the sun would have dropped below the horizon and the barn would have remained as I found it. Unshot. It’s always better to be lucky than good.

Thanks for dropping by,
Joe Dempsey

All pictures © 2008 Joe Dempsey