The Lives And Stories Of Old Barns
The lives and stories of old barns intrigue me and as we travel old barns catch my eye. Possibly this is because I grew up on a dairy farm and spent a good many hours in the barn as a kid. Although there was no shortage of work involved at the barn, there were also fun times. Time spent with my drunken pet sheep, Patience. Time helping bottle feed some of the calves from a nippled bucket. Playing in the hayloft with siblings and cousins. My Dad holding me upside down and letting me “walk” on the ceiling of the barn leaving my footprints because it didn’t matter that day as it was getting repainted the following day. Learning how to milk the cows by hand and later how to attach the machines to milk them.
The barn above closely resembles the architectural style of the barn I spent many hours in as a kid. Like so many of the old barns we see, the one on our old farm sits unused and in deplorable condition. Many are past the point of renovation and tearing them down before they fall down seems the only option. Barn wood, now a coveted commodity for many artists and DIY’ers, allow a piece of these old memories to live on.
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Definitely one of the coolest police department buildings I’ve seen is the one shown above. This old barn received a new life as the home to Eastern Washington University’s campus police.Definitely one of the coolest police department buildings is the one at EWU. #EWUcampuspolice… Click To Tweet
Frenchman Hills Barn Event Venue
Recently built and now taking bookings for events, the Frenchman Hills Barn is a photographer’s dream location. Perched at the edge of the Frenchman Hills, it overlooks the valley below and the hills beyond for miles. No additional backdrop is needed with this natural setting. This one holds special memories for me as my granddaughter was married here this year.
Mt. Adams As A Backdrop? Not Bad!
Outside Colville, WA on Hwy 395 we found this great cowboy metal sculpture outside this old barn. Wonder if the metal artist lives here?
The Husband Loves Green Bluff For All The Memories
A few miles out of Spokane, WA., is Green Bluff, a small farming community. Fall weekends the Green Bluff area is a hive of activity with multiple farms, the Green Bluff Growers providing fresh fruit and vegetable stands, live music, hay rides, pony rides and more. The Husband found this great old tractor parked in front of one of the Green Bluff farms and enjoyed a nostalgic moment remembering the days he spent on his grandpa’s farm as a child.
What things catch your eye when you travel? Barns are a common thing yet very uncommon are the ideas for their use. I love to see them being kept alive and given new purpose! We’d love to hear about the unique things you find as you travel. Feel free to leave comments below.