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Save an Old Barn: Ideas, Resources and Funding

Updated on March 19, 2019
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Well over 100 years old, this old barn is in Shapleigh, Maine.
Well over 100 years old, this old barn is in Shapleigh, Maine. | Source

Maintaining and Restoring Vintage Barns

If you have an old barn in the country, it may have fallen into disrepair. If it's over 100 years old, the barn has the wear-and-tear of many years on its roof, walls and support beams. Repairing such a barn can be expensive and a daunting task.

Maybe it's because I grew up on a farm in Kansas, but I hate to see a neglected barn. As I drive down the highway, I feel sad to see an old red barn sagging and with peeling paint. In some cases, the paint is long gone. As the number of family farms dwindles, more and more we see these forgotten and uncared for barns.

Once it was the showplace of that farm; filled with livestock and supply of hay for the winter. Barns are an important part of our rural architectural heritage. If you have an old barn and are trying to save it, you'll find some useful links and resources below.


People Share Their Memories and Feelings for Old Barns

Brandi from Maryland - "I just love old barns. I love the history, the lines, the old stuff you find inside...our property in Utah had a big old barn and we found out it used to be the train station and had been moved to the property about 50 years before we bought it. It was so interesting!"

davenjilli lm - "My good friend just lost their barn that is 100+ years old. They live in the house her husband was raised in here in Southern Idaho. So sad to see the old barn down."

NC Shepherd - "I love old barns. We have several barns that have been repurposed...into a restaurant, a store, a house. Living in the agricultural center of Ohio, I've watched many barns slide into disrepair and eventually disappear. We do have an organization that tries to preserve them, as well as a timber-framing business that helps with restoration. It all comes down to money."

SPhilbrick - "Barns in Maine and other cold climates definitely suffer from the weight of snow and ice. I have a friend with a lovely old barn that you can absolutely feel it's timelessness when you go inside. Unfortunately, it too needs a complete overhaul and she hasn't the resources to restore."

Sam - "We have a old tobacco barn on some property we purchased. We'd like to move it across the street to our place since there's more room and redo it and make it into my jewelry and handbag store."

mrducksmrnot - "I love those old barns and the old timbers used to make them. I also noted with interest the lightning rods you would almost always see on old barns and farmhouses. They are still available and great to have especially in areas like Kansas where lightning storms come often. I'm from the Western NC Mountains and barns are being turned into houses that are really beautiful. Save the Barns was always a community project back in earlier years but folks just don't see the main reason for the barn was a home, shelter, storage place for all the farm animals and food and a great place to get out of the nasty weather for a while.

Barns throughout the country were often used as a billboard so to speak. Either on the side of the barn or the roof. Most advertisers would paint the barn or roof and keep it up for free advertising. We need to get back to the old ways as this would save on all the billboards being constructed."

Diane Cass I love old barns. When I lived in Vermont, the countryside was full of them. One in our town was over 200 years old, made of all hand-hewn timbers. We watched one old, leaning barn fall to its doom, and our neighbors dairy barn burn to the ground one below-zero night. Many people clean them up and turn them into unique homes. It makes me feel sad when something that old and lovingly made is destroyed but makes me happy to see them get a new life.


Moving a NH Barn to the South (Video from Barnwood Builders Series)

Sources for Supplies and Info to Help with a Barn Project - Rescue an old barn

Need lighting for your old barn? How about getting a feasibility study done or having someone dismantle and reassemble the barn? Check out the resources I've found for this.

  • The Original Barn Light: Rustic Lighting, Sign Lighting, Wall Sconces, Pendant Lighting, Chandeliers - Made in the USA source for wall sconces, pendant lighting, sign lighting, ceiling fans, chandeliers and The Original Barn Light. BarnLightElectric has many lighting styles; barn lighting, rustic lighting, country, cabin and lodge styles.
  • The Barn People - Vintage Barns Dismantled and Reassembled - Feasibility Studies - Consulting - Restoration - Preservation The site includes: Barns Explained, Inventory, Dismantling, Restoration, Reassembly, Completed Projects, Photo Galleries
  • Michigan Barn Preservation Network - Barns are economic resources and symbols of our agriculture heritage. They are attractive images on the landscape. The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is committed to the rehabilitation of barns for agricultural, commercial, residential, and public use.
  • John High, The Barnsaver - His slogan is "Reclaiming History for America's Future. Recycling Barns Since 1990

Books about Restoring Barns on Amazon - Available from Amazon

Living Barns: How to Find and Restore a Barn of Your Own (Schiffer Books)
Living Barns: How to Find and Restore a Barn of Your Own (Schiffer Books)

This book will inspire you to restore your favorite old barn. The author offers great advice for saving the original wood and for moving structures around. You'll see beautiful restoration examples the will make you get up and get renovating!

 

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Renovating Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings
Renovating Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings

This is one of the best books on renovating barns out there today. The author explains in great detail how to repair and restore every area of the structure. If you have issues with leaning, buckling foundation or rotting posts, you'll find awesome ways to fix those problems as well as roof repair and more!

 

Here's a Project to Save the Old Barns in Maine

It's great to see an individual take the initiative to call attention to the rapid deterioration and loss of old barns.

In an area like Maine, the heavy winter snows can collapse any barn that's already sagging. The old timbers may have lasted a hundred years or more but finally age and neglect take their toll.

Click on the link to see Timothy Parks' barn paintings. Beautiful Ruins by Timothy Parks

Timothy Parks is raising funds for Beautiful Ruins on Kickstarter! An artist's backroads odyssey to capture the beauty of Maine's old barns...before they disappear!

Have You Heard of Barn Quilts? - Read about how this kind of tourism helps an area

In Sac County, Iowa, many vintage barns are ornamented with a brightly-painted barn quilt. The idea was to call attention to the annual quilt show, but draws many tourists to the area to see the old barns and their displayed art piece.

The idea is catching on in quite a few areas. Here are links to some locales where you can view barn quilts.

Two Minute Video Shows the Making and Hanging of a Barn Quilt

Barn Quilts - What Are They and Where Can You See Them?

Barn quilts are wood quilt blocks that are attached to barns and other buildings as public art. Quite a few areas have established driving tours known as Quilt Trails to get tourists off the Interstate highways and cruising down country roads to see art painted on a barn. Read more about these at Barn Quilts ... Covering Barns Across Rural America.

Places with Barn Quilts to See

Example of a Stone Barn

This stone barn, quite a large one, is in Nebraska.
This stone barn, quite a large one, is in Nebraska. | Source

More Links to Help with Your Restoration - of an old barn

More web pages to help with restoring, dismantling and researching your aging barn.

More Helpful Sites for Saving Old Barns - Subscribe to the Barn Journal or Other Magazines about Barns

Check out the web page which has useful information.

  • The Barn Journal is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture.
  • Magazine: Iowa Barn Foundation is dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural agricultural buildings by giving barn tours and raising money.
  • The BARN Again Program is a project put together by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine. Check out the advice they offer.

You Can Make a Barn Poster - Using Zazzle and Sell It Online

This can be a way to raise funds for your barn restoration. Make posters, mugs, tote bags, cards, etc. on Zazzle (a print-on-demand site). It costs nothing to put your photo on lots of products which are featured online. You don't have to handle the sales, the products, or the shipping. Zazzle takes care of all that and you get a commission from each item sold.

Use Photos of Your Barn to Earn Money

  • You can put your own photos on products at Zazzle or Cafe Press to sell online. The sites offer mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, posters and many other products. There is no charge to you, just sign up and add your photos or artwork.
  • Promote the products to locals and tourists, perhaps with a flyer at the chamber of commerce. They can go to the online site to buy a mug or poster with your barn on it. You get a commission for each sale.

    Click on this example of a barn poster to get an idea. Look around Zazzle for more details on joining the site.

Help for Old Barns

A State-by-State Listing

More to Come

As I find more resources, I'll add them here. This listing is not complete.

Be sure to look at adjacent states for some barn specialist that may be useful to you.

Connecticut - Resources for Saving a Barn in Connecticut

The funding on some historic trusts and government funding comes and goes. Check on each of these to see the current status of their funding.

Indiana - Resources to Save a Barn in Indiana

Barn in Indiana.
Barn in Indiana. | Source

Octagon Barn in Iowa

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A Well Cared for Barn in Pennsylvania

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A Texas Barn

Not exactly a barn quilt, but they've created a mural with the Texas flag on this small barn.
Not exactly a barn quilt, but they've created a mural with the Texas flag on this small barn. | Source

Vermont - Resources for Saving a Barn in Vermont

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National Resources and Programs for Barns

Besides looking at grants available in the state-by-state list above, look around for nationwide programs to preserve vintage barns.

  • Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings - Barns

    PDF file from the National Park Service

  • BARN AGAIN!

    When the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine launched BARN AGAIN! in 1987, historic barns were considered doomed. Obsolete for modern farming needs and too expensive to maintain as family heirlooms, old barns appe

  • National Barn Alliance

    The National Barn Alliance is a nation-wide, non-profit organization coordinating these efforts to save America's Historic Barns. Our members are farmers and city dwellers, students, historical groups, timberframers, and lots of people who just love

  • PreservationDirectory.com

    A research tool and directory of resources for historic preservation and cultural resource preservation. Links to grants and funding for historic preservation.

Books on Finding and Applying for Grants - to save an old barn

You can borrow books like these from the public library. Ask to see their grant directories. Usually these are in the reference section or the library may subscribe to an online grants and foundation directory.

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need (Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers &)
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need (Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers &)

I did a lot of grant writing during my career as a library director. Trust me, it helps to read this book before you tackle your first application. After you read this, you'll feel a lot more confident as you start to write requesting funding.

Check at your public library to see if you can borrow this there.

 

Anything to Add?

Please add a note in the comment section if you know of foundations, grants, government aid, or other resources for saving a barn.

Success Stories

Barns That Have Been Saved

Barns Saved and Repurposed- Success Stories

Read about others who've succeeded in restoring their barn and see how they did it. I'm amazed at the unique uses for old barns. People are very inventive in converting these into homes or businesses.

Barn Restoration - Even More Success Stories

See One Barn Restored

An Old Barn Waiting to Collapse

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Lost Barns

Barns That Didn't Get Saved

Fundraising Ideas

for Old Barns

Fundraising Ideas to Save Old Barns

Make a calendar to sell as a fundraiser.

Vermont Artists Give a Barn a Boost in Painting Marathon

Last week, as part of a project Evans initiated called Artists for Barns, he and 16 artists from around New England set up their easels on the Milstones' property and got to work painting the barn. That is, pictures of the barn.

Make a Video to Solicit Donations to Save a Barn

The first YouTube video is a wonderful example of this. Possibly you could get Kickstarter funding for your old barn. Take a look at the Kickstarter Basic FAQs to see how it might work for you.

Getting Local Help for an Old Barn

In this news story, a local rescue team practices shoring up a building to prevent collapsing. This provided a valuable service to a barn owner while giving the firefighters some experience.

Christmas and Old Barns

Decorate Your Barn for the Holidays

Get Ideas for Decorating the Barn for Christmas

Make your barn a destination during the holiday season. Get people to come see the decorations, maybe charge a small admission fee for hot cider and a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Virginia Allain

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    • Jim Houston profile image

      Jim Houston 

      5 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Really nice lens. The old barns are really enchanted places with a story in each one.

      JimHouston33

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @felixthehat: that's marvelous! I wish you the best in rehabbing it.

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      felixthehat 

      5 years ago

      Hi,

      I just made an offer on an old farm in Maine and I'm so excited about the barn. It needs some work, but I want to make it into a gallery/studio space for artists. It's really big, 2 stories, post and beam, dry. The charm factor is off the charts. Hope I can use some of these great resources to get it fixed up.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @akscotto: It's a lot easier to self-publish a book these days and I've done several family history books using blurb.com.

      In the search line (upper right), put blurb and have it search to find my articles on that.

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      Jim Houston 

      5 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      This was a rememberance of what our heritage truly is and possibly what we have lost as a country. We live in the country and have older neighbors who lived this culture while sustaining our country. Strange the way times change and very unfortunate. Great lens. JimHouston33

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      akscotto 

      5 years ago

      I have lost 2 old barns(2 different properties) and two wives withholding. However, my interest is in preserving/photos/a d history of out houses/and wanting to produce a book about the same. Any ideas that you may have would be beneficial.

      akscotto@comcast.net

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      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      I love barns! Sadly, they're rare in Australia. Nice lens.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @mayraborcea: Local and state governments have pulled back on funding for restoration since the economic downturn. It is tough to find money to fix up even a historic barn.

    • mayraborcea profile image

      mayraborcea 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! I have seen some old barns that really need to be restored but (I was told) they have a hard time getting funds to renovate them....

    • Rosanna Grace profile image

      Rosanna Grace 

      6 years ago

      Wow! What a comprehensive resource for barn restoration ideas and resources! :)

    • kiwikitkat profile image

      kiwikitkat 

      6 years ago

      Yes, you're right there are a lot of old barns out there that are screaming for some renovation. Very interesting lens!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @KTPT13: I think of them as part of our country's architectural heritage.

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      KTPT13 

      6 years ago

      I see a lot of these old barns that you describe here. They would be much nicer all fixed up. Great resource list.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @blestman lm: Great idea and surely more interesting than standard paneling from the big box store.

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      blestman lm 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you. My father-in-law built the inside of his house out of old barn wood because he wanted something that would stand up to rambunctious children

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      Fit And Fab 

      6 years ago

      There is something very warm and reassuring about barns. I had not given much thought to the shape and style though. Great lens. :-)

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      gin001 

      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. I have fond memories of playing in my grandparents old barn. Thanks for sharing.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @michalk lm: Good idea that I'll follow up on. I'll feature some here.

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      michalk lm 

      6 years ago

      There are so many jigsaw puzzles of barns cause they're so interesting

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @jean valdor: How about a bar in a barn then? ;-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I live in old barn country and never gave this a thought. Very interesting read.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @wahponywoo2: With 5 siblings, we had plenty of players to scramble around in the hay loft for such games. Thanks for the memories your comment evoked.

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      Steven 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Growing up in Iowa I spent a lot of time in my grandfathers barn and it was always a place of magic to me... I can't tell you how many dragons I slayed or outlaws I corralled :) Very interesting lens!

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      One thing is for sure. These old barns have a lot of characters and that's something I can appreciate in any kind of building. I had to stop by again to take a second look at all the colorful images.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Anthony Altorenna: I love reading about someone restoring an old barn. Quite a job, though.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      It's such a shame to see so many rustic old barns falling in on themselves, though they make you wonder about their history and the folks who built them. Fortunately, there are people with vision (and resources) to bring many of these wonderful old buildings back to life.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @mrknowitall54321: An old barn is quite scenic and reminds us of the agricultural history in our country. They should be preserved.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @salsa-dancing: Surprisingly there are quite a few people who are trying to find funding or materials or skilled renovators for old barns. The page has been quite popular.

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      ricber 

      6 years ago

      This Old Barns information is magnificent. I understand and respect your clear-cut points. I am impressed with your writing style and how well you express your thoughts.

      I really love it!

      Thank you for writing this great content.

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      CSC-Austria 

      6 years ago

      Wow! This article made me falling in love with old barns! It must be great to be able to restore one and use it for living. I guess I know what to do in about ten years. Thanks!

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      carolweez 

      6 years ago

      Restoring old buildings were what my father's life was about. Naturally I visited many jobs with him as I grew older and it developed a very strong connection between me and neglected buildings. Sometimes you wish these buildings could talk, I can only imagine the stories we would be hearings. Beautiful lens.

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      waldenthreenet 

      6 years ago

      Most valuable topic. Old Barns part of historic rehabs can become hub of community activities sometimes. I have attended antique events and know of barn dance events here in Virginia. Need one more lense on this topic from you in future. Thanks.

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      6 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Absolutely one of the best lens I've come across to date! Well deserving of the Purple Star! Raised as a small-town farmer's daughter, I've been inspired to "go back to my humble roots," and "save" the family farm. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      Kevin Matson 

      6 years ago

      What an interesting lens! I've passed so many barns in the past and I never thought about them twice. I will definitely pay more attention when I see them in the future.

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      BTOReilly 

      6 years ago

      If a barn is too far gone to restore, you can always salvage the wood for something like the Texas Tiny Houses, too.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Squidviews: I'd like to take more barn photos, but hubby drives us and he hates to stop every half mile for my picture taking.

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      Squidviews 

      7 years ago

      What an interesting lens. I love driving in the country, and when I see an old barn or the remnants of one, I often stop to take a picture, especially the ones with the old advertisements painted on them.

      AJ

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Just found your web page. Very interesting, inspiring, and motivating. Good to know that I am not alone. Am currently restoring a 100 year old barn (40 by 32)

      family barn in North Carolina.from the sills up.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: You might try a product calledBarn Odor Destroyer and Manure Digester.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      i just recently purchased a property that has an 85 yr old barn on it. it was primarily used for a chicken farm, i shoveled all the poop and pressure washed it all out clean but the smell is making me wonder if it was worth it!! how do i clean it to make it to make it sanitary??

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Sojourn: Now that sounds like another web page that someone should do... the stories behind old barns.

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      Sojourn 

      7 years ago

      When I visit my parents on the east coast, I see lots of old barns. Some have been repurposed and others are sitting dark and lonely. I never can help wondering what they were like in their prime and why they're abandoned today. They seem to have their own stories to tell, don't they?

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic site! We've got an old barn whose one foundation wall, sadly, is collapsing. Found some really helpful and encouraging info here. Have bookmarked the site, and will be back to visit often. Thanks!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: It's inspiring to hear of a barn being renovated. Best of luck to you on your project and for your husband's health.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Love, love, love the information on old barnes. My husband and I are in the middle of restoring our barn on our family farm that we purchased in 2005. We dismantled an entire barn board by board in the area that was going to be demolished. We used the saved wood to put our barn back together. Before our restoration began, my husband at 59 years of age, was diagnosed with two forms of blood cancer. The barn project went nowhere in dealing with my husbands illness - until this year. This year we hired a group to put on a new roof and save the exterior. We still have a long way to go but it is truly a labor of love..

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @oakstreet: I use a lot of Zazzle images (I'm an affiliate and earn referrals). As far as the layout of the lens, I just kept adding to it over the months. As a librarian, I research quite a bit online and found all the barn grants and barn restoration services. Those have been popular with visitors to this page.

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      oakstreet 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and many useful information on saving a barn. Especially the template of your len, wow ! How did you do that ? Great len and a "like" from me.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @lclchors: It's sad to see them like that, but you are right they photograph well to the end.

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      lclchors 

      7 years ago

      We have one that was too far gone when we bought the farm but it has made for great photos

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      Lenskeeper 

      7 years ago

      Nice job. I love old barns, the look and the nostalgia. I have done a couple of lenses on barns and barn wood as well.

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      CameronPoe 

      7 years ago

      Wow. Didn't realize that barns are such historic monuments that ought to be preserved. Or at least some of them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Matt_Lowe 

      7 years ago

      Perfect timing. We just inherited some land with a couple small barns on it. Although I'm sure they can even be restored at this point.

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      shreeve21 

      7 years ago

      love this! It is a dream of my wife and I to restore and old barn some day. Great tips.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      I have a few old barn boards that were given to me, and the wood lives on in 'new'birdhouses. Sadly, many of the older barns in our area are disappearing or falling into disrepair as the old-time farmers pass on and their land sold off.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I love this site! I have an old barn on my centennial farm that I would love to restore for my grandchildren.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I have a barn built in 1917 its in pretty good shape, It still has alot of the orignal wooden shingles. It was damaged by a storm last year. I would love to know if theres any kind of grant to help me fix the damage. I live in Tennessee.You can email me at elcj33@aol.com if you have any information. Thank you.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      This is really a great lens. I am going to feature it in my lens: Old barns are heritage icons...

      Thank you for sharing this great information! I grew up in Iowa, recently spent 15 years in Kansas... I feel much as you do about these old barns! ;-)

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      fullofshoes 

      7 years ago

      I definitely have a thing about old barns. I'm fortunate to live in an area where there are lots of them to see on a Sunday drive. Great lens!

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      puppyprints 

      7 years ago

      Some of my best memories as a kid is playing in my friend's families barns....jumping off hay stacks and all the fun stuff kids do. Save the Barns!

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      cathywoodosborn 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens! How I miss the old barns that 'used to be' all along the roadsides when I was growing up in Texas. It was a great disappointment to me when the old Kinsey barn finally gave up a couple of years ago. It was a large one in Coryell Co., built by my second great grandpa, Elisha. Thanks for a great lens.

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      waldenthreenet 

      7 years ago

      It would be valuable to have some sort of "potential project" list of Barnes, both private and "community based" for possible virtual teaming. Barnes can be converted to various community use for example, County Music+ Resttaurant for example. Or an "Innovation Center" as another example. If anyone has a specific barn available for such creative "success based" restoration, I would welcome conversations among a virtual team. Have a look at my new Lense on "country music" and also on the "innovation center" topic (a life science lab for example for technology development use), have a look at my "Walden Two" lense for additional clarity. Welcome conversations on specific actionable beyond knowledge of restoration. Thanks.

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      top101 

      7 years ago

      My friend's family has a bunch of old barns in the country. They were so fun to explore. I'll refer them to this lens.

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      Stephen Bush 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Having grown up on a farm, thanks first for the walk down memory lane. I believe the closest analogy is comparing barn restoration to film preservation. Once they're gone, they're gone (channeling Yogi Berra).

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      BestLaminateInc1 

      7 years ago

      Barn restoration could be fun and rewarding in many ways...your inspirational article helps to take a first step. Thanks for sharing~

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      Chazz 

      7 years ago from New York

      Lots of great old barns here in central New York - sad to see so many deteriorating and nice to know so many care. Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," my tribute to the best lenses I've found since donning my wings.

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      Rob Hemphill 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Great to re-visit this lens. I love old barns but don't see many around here in Ireland. Also, a big thank you for popping over to see my Irish Coffee lens.

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      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      I know someone with an old barn on their property. The barn is basicly falling down. I wish he would do something with the barn, but he doesn't want to. Its kind of a safety hazard because its in such poor condition.

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      10incbellevue 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! I grew up in Iowa, and I have seen plenty of barns in my day. It looks like you know your stuff! Thanks for reminding me of the nostalgic beauty of these!

      - The 10 Bellevue Company

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      TransplantedSoul 

      7 years ago

      Barns are so beautiful. Some of the modern functional structures really lack the charater of the older ones.

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      Pangionedevelopers 

      7 years ago

      great info here .....ill be digging in deeper

      thanks

      David P

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      GreenMind Guides 

      7 years ago from USA

      I grew up in the country -- I love barns and outbuildings too. I love the space and dim light and dense air...

      Lovely lens, thanks!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I spent some time in Iowa where they have the bridges of madison county, I know these aren't barns but same concept about keeping the old stuff around, great lens and what your providing for others to re think, thank you for that.

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      JoshK47 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens - thank you very much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      We too often forget how limited is space and how bad is exploited. An old barn can be great project for very different people. Some are practical, others just nostalgic. I think I am a bit of both;)

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      Showpup LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! It breaks my heart when I see old barns that are in sad shape and under threat of falling down. They are to be treasured!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed looking at your pictures. I like old barns. Believe it or not we have more than a few fairly close to Philadelphia. Some are well preserved others...

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      happynutritionist 

      7 years ago

      Really enjoyed looking at the barn photos. I remember reading and dreaming about converting a barn into a home many years ago in Mother Earth News.

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Yeah, I am a sucker for old barns and old tractors! Thanks for sharing a detailed lens. Hope the lens helps keep a barn or two from falling victim to the barn grim reaper.

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      waldenthreenet 

      7 years ago

      Love this topic and appreciating the importance of this cause of saving American Heritage. Is there a non-profit organization dedicated to this cause as part of preserving hertiage ? I voted "Like" for this lens. Will return again to visit with you soon. Thanks.

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      hsschulte 

      7 years ago

      I've always wanted to restore an old barn to live in. Such beautiful photos and ideas here. A true work of art.

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      KayeSI 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for an interesting lens. Very useful for those caring for elderly parents who have aging barns and buildings on their property. Thank you. :)

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      CruiseReady 

      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      There is a barn in my husband's family. Its pretty old, and needs attention. This page really made me think of it.

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      pawpaw911 

      7 years ago

      Made me think of my grandparents barn. Haven't seen it in over 20 years, but still remember every inch of it.

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      ScareYouDiva 

      8 years ago

      I love seeing them on farms as I'm driving across country, and so glad someone is looking to save them - they are a part of history.

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      seeker2011 lm 

      8 years ago

      whoda thought... barns! a place of secrets and lost treasures. if they could only tell their tales. nice.

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      collierlewisjew 

      8 years ago

      I grew up in the country of Indiana, and my neighbor had an amazing old barn with the "Chew Mail Pouch" painted on the side. Wonderful old barns remind me of childhood. Thanks for this great lens!

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      AdeleW 

      8 years ago

      Some great barns here. We have an old Essex barn that we are trying to restore in the UK - thanks for this advice...

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      gottaloveit2 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on the front page of Squidoo. This is a beautifully constructed lens.

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      Diane Cass 

      8 years ago from New York

      Barns are wonderful places. I love having them all around me in the country where I live.

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      RuralFrance 

      8 years ago

      It's the same here, though most of the barns are stone, they do fall down eventually. We have one as well, but it's used for animals and hay. Great lens!

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      Chris-H LM 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! I love old barns. They have so much character.

      I think it's terrible what's been done to the family farm in this country. I watched the documentary "Food Inc." and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things.

      I'm so glad you created this lens and super happy to see it rise to the top! :p

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      mysticquest 

      8 years ago

      I really like this lens! Having grown up in Indiana and having family scattered about the Midwest, I really appreciate old barns. I especially love the ones that have old advertising on the side of them. Like the picture of the Mail Pouch barn you have in your lens.

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      Hirsilinna 

      8 years ago

      The size of an average barn works against restoration, because big structures are expensive to restore. This is the most common reason why many barns end up being fire wood (or a huge bonfire). Great lens, let's hope it saves few more barns.

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      TheSwedishLady 

      8 years ago

      Being raised on a farm, I totally agree with you about restoring the barns. My husband and I travel to Tenn. alot and always looking for old barns to take pictures of. I wish everybody would restore their old barns. Just imagine if those walls could talk!!!!!

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      squid-janices7 

      8 years ago

      Great lens....too many old barns are being knocked down. Grew up on a farm so of course I'm a fan ;) Congrats on the purple star too!

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      Chazz 

      8 years ago from New York

      Great lens! We have so many deteriorating old barns around here. Someone has been documenting them with photographs, but I'd much rather see them preserved. Nothing like seeing an old barn tucked in the green patchwork quilt of a farm landscape.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      My daughter has an old barn on her property that they plan to restore one day. I love old barns! :)

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      Rick McBride 

      8 years ago from Dallas

      There is something graceful about old barns. They are interesting architecture in their own right. Very nice lens.

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      gottaloveit2 

      8 years ago

      Dropping in again - I too love old barns. We have a lot here in Maryland and they're lovely in their own right.

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      textbookmommy 

      8 years ago

      There's quite a few of old barns in my area and I found this lens very inspiring! Good job! *Blessed by a Squid Angel

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