Friday, September 6, 2013

This Barn.......To Stay or not To Stay!

The best thing we derive from history is the enthusiasm that it raises in us.
                                        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Driving those dusty sometimes muddy old back roads has been one of the things I have enjoyed over the years always in search of old barns that dot the countryside. This particular day and on seeing the skeleton of a barn I have admired for a very long time had me quickly pull to the side of the road and question if this particular barn was like so many others and was now being torn down to make room for a fancy new one. Oh I hoped not, there is nothing worse for me than seeing history and memories disappear only to be replaced by a cement wall with a huge rubber manufactured tarp strapped to it, I had to know.

I have known some of the history of this barn which has stood here on this beautiful farm for at least a century probably much more, and I guess knowing the history made it more important for me to find out what was to become of it.


There were two young men in front so I walked up to them and asked if they were tearing it down. I explained who I was and why I was so interested in frankly, their business. I told them of my passion for barns and at least preserving in my own way these pieces of history.

Lucky for me it was the Grandson of the original owner, the owner I had known and admired, he explained to me that they were restoring it, I could feel my heart swell at that very moment, you would have thought it was my own barn not his own family’s barn. Oh yes I am that passionate about the barns I have admired and preserved on camera for years now. May I take some photos? “Go right ahead.” That is all I needed to hear I danced my way around the barn snapping photos at every angle. I became that flying, smiling farm girl with a camera doing what she loved to do.


This barn had a tremendous amount of unforgettable memories and history tied up in every one of those square headed nails and old but some rotting planks and beams. There were piles of planks and beams that would be put back where they came from, some of which were carefully set aside holding special memories. There were names and total amount of bales brought in for that year chiseled into the old beams which I am sure, brought memories back for those who were lucky enough to have grownup or worked here. The attention to preserving these little details made my heart sing, imagine the thought and consideration that this took and it was going back into this restoration and being carefully preserved.


I made my way to the side of the barn and noticed a man with overalls and a very cool hat, my first thought was that he was dressed similar to the original builders of this barn, I loved that. I went up and introduced myself and asked if he minded if I took some photos, explaining who I was. “Not at all” As I snapped this very surprisingly young knowledgeable man named Jake explained what he was doing and how it was being done. I stopped snapping my camera and listened to this man as passionate about old barns and the history of them as I. I was fascinated with the knowledge and attention to detail that he had, I thought to myself if we ever have to rebuild our barn he is the man I would certainly call. He truly knew what he was doing and actually loved doing it you could sense the pride in his work.


Turns out that Jake has a thriving business as more and more people are realizing the history and the memories that are wrapped up in every barn that you will pass on your country drives. I am pretty sure this kind of restoration is not a cheap endeavour but I truly do admire this family that had the good sense to hire this very knowledgeable man to preserve the history and memories of their barn full of all struggles and incredible memories which kept this family on this land for oh so many generations. The fact that they preserved this piece of Canadian History for not just themselves, but for all of us to enjoy as we drive by is to be commended. Thank you so very much. Great job.


I was going to put a link to Jake’s Company so others who have similar ideas of restoration could find out more but unfortunately his Company’s website link was a dead end. If anyone is interested in knowing how to contact Jake send me an email and I will find that information for you.



I cannot believe that today is the day I started Blogging three years ago. What an incredible ride it has been; I love every one of my Blogger family and I look forward to sharing more of Buttons Thoughts with all of you. I cannot imagine doing anything else. Thank you so much for all your loving support I truly appreciate it. That being said I will not be posting till next Friday September 13 (oh I love Friday the 13’s) I am taking time to go on an adventure ( I am probably sitting on a train or a bus as you read this) and I am sure you are going to be the first ones to hear all about it. Thank you. Hugs B

Later

48 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary Buttons, and have a grand adventure! This is just a stunning barn, I can see why you stopped to capture it.

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  2. Congrats for having blogged for three years, Buttons! I'm glad you are still here and still having fun.

    I'm always happy too too to see a barn being lovingly restored!

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  3. I share your love of old barns. Yea for restorers.
    Congrats on your anniversary and hope your adventure is all you hoped for in your dreams.

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  4. Congrats on your blogging anniversary B :) I look forward to many more future posts from you.

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  5. three years, yay!!!!! Beautiful barn, the secrets this barn could tell,

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  6. Happy blogiversary! I'm so glad to have you here- I'm richer for it. Love the barns!

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  7. Happy Anniversary on your blogging, Buttons.

    It sounds like you are having a good adventure. Enjoy!

    It is so important for us to take steps to preserve our history!

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  8. 3 years? Wow! I hope you have a happy vacation from blogging, and take lots of pictures! (I SO love a digital camera for that...real film used to be so expensive to buy and develop...)

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  9. Congrats on your three years :) I am glad that I found your blog!

    I love old barns :) Glad this one is being restored!!

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  10. Barns are charms. Love your barns you found.

    Happy Bloggin Anniversary!

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  11. so glad they're restoring the barn. :) and have fun on your adventure!

    happy 3rd yr blogiversary. like the new header - and love the purple debbie smile and wishes for beth, too.

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  12. It does my heart good to know they're restoring that barn. I love that there's information like the number of bales per year saved, too. And you are helping document history yourself, B, with your photos and stories.

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm soooooo glad I found your wonderful blog. Have fun on your adventure and I'll look forward to future posts! :-)

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  13. Happy anniversary Buttons. I am glad I found your blog when I did, and I have enjoyed getting to know you through it. I hope your adventure is a fun one, and look forward to reading about it here!

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  14. I'm so happy to hear they were restoring the barn, not tearing it down. I bet it was music to your ears :)

    Congrats on your 3 year blogging anniversary! So exciting!

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  15. What a gorgeous barn. They don't make em like they used to. So glad they are restoring it. Here in Washington they have grants to restore and preserve old historic barns. I think this is awesome. Its such a shame to loose these old relics that hold so much history. Great post.

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  16. Congrats on your three year anniversary.
    It always breaks my heart to see those old barns, so much sweat and blood and hard work went into putting them up, being slowly reclaimed by the land.

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  17. So happy the barn's story has a happy ending ~ two thumbs up to those who preserve and restore the old barns and houses, instead of letting them disappear forever.
    I love Friday the 13th too, I even got married on one! :))))
    Enjoy your adventure and Happy Blogaversary!

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  18. I am so glad you got the whole story about the barn, made me happy too.

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  19. What a great discovery, both the barn and the fact that its being restored!!! New barns, no matter how fancy, just don't have character like the old ones do.

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  20. Happy, happy blogiversary Buttons! I can't wait to see what the next three years brings! :)
    How very cool that the old barn is being restored and kudos to Jake for loving them and bringing them back to their original glory! :)

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  21. Happy blog anniversary lovely barn thank goodness they weren't knocking it down,

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  22. Congrats on the three years of blogging. And I just discovered you recently. Enjoy reading your blogs and your photography. I love hearing about folks restoring old barns. My father once had a dream of buying an old barn to refurbished as a house to live in. Sadly he never got to fulfill that dream as he died in his late 40's. He had so many great ideas too.

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  23. You have done very well with your 3 years, and told many things about yourself and what you do...always enjoy. Have a nice break..Hugs M xoxox

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  24. Cool photos, and wonderful story!!!
    Have a wonderful adventure, and I look forward to hearing all about it!!!!

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  25. That is so wonderful!! My Uncle recently passed and our family farm will most likely be put up for sale in Upstate NY. It will be sad but it has not felt like home in several decades. I will cherish my memories of how it used to be. So glad you found a family willing and able to restore their memories.

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  26. happy anniversary, dear!! wonderful to see they are given this barn some tlc. it still appears pretty beautiful to me!

    enjoy your adventure! look forward to hearing the details! *hugs*

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  27. what an awesome decision, to restore that beautiful barn!!

    congrats on three, i think i might be coming up on three as well. i'll have to check!!

    have fun b, i know you will enjoy every second!!

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  28. awww b, i just saw my picture, as i was closing out!!

    you are just too sweet!! today, i feel like one million dollars!!

    thanks b, always thinking about me!!

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  29. So many "broken down" barns we have noticed the past 10 years of driving back to the City & back home to here. Families do not want to carry on with their forefather's traditions of farming, choosing to rent the land out and let the barn fall to ruins. *Sad* On a much happier note, Happy Happy 3rd Blogaversary !!! xx

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  30. YOU are such a barn stalker...

    LOL

    xoxox

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  31. You are so outgoing... getting the full story behind this big beautiful barn. Most of us just snap one or two photos and walk away. xo

    Have a wonderful time on your adventure Ms. B. Look foward to many more years of visiting your blog. :)

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  32. I have seen so many abandoned, run down barn in this area of Idaho. I think of you stopping and taking photos and keep saying I will someday.. Loved reading your blog my friend.

    Hugs~

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  33. I love sitting with a cup of coffee and reading your bright descriptions! I have not lived here long, but as you know, I was instantly impressed upon by these barns. I would love to see more kept alive. I wandered past one that was flat on the ground the other day and it really did make me sad xxx

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  34. I am happy with this positive post ;-)
    Enjoy it B.!

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  35. So glad they are restoring it. I hate to see the old barns and buildings torn down.

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  36. Isn't wonderful to know that there are people out there that realize how precious our history is, and that not everything needs to be torn down. Wonderful!

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  37. Happy blogiversary! I can't wait to hear about your adventure. I wish you were coming to see me ;-)

    That barn reminds me of the barn on the farm I lived on when I was 7 :-) I had many great times playing in that barn!

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  38. Yes I agree...so much history connected with the old barns. I hate to see them go. One time I went through an old barn and farmhouse that was being torn down by our state, to make room for a highway. I never got the post up before my computer died. It made me sad, about the barn and the computer! And our land had a barn on it that burned to the ground the day before we closed on the deal. We secretly think the owners burned it down to collect insurance. Don't tell anyone about either of these though....the state had posted no trespassing signs! And the previous owners...well...there was no proof of foul play.

    Cindy Bee

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  39. I am so glad that they decided to restore the barn. I think barns are a thing of great beauty. My parents have one on their farm and we love it.

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  40. Congrats on your bloggiversary! This was a heart warming story - I'm so glad that these old barns are being restored and not just torn down for a newer modern building!

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  41. It is wonderful that the next generation sees the value in restoration.

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  42. A local farmer here restored his barn. It was to the point either restore or tear it down. He could see that people liked the barn so he restored it.

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  43. Isn't it just so fabulous that restoring old barns may be making an upswing ...makes me happy too.
    So glad you started blogging those three years ago Buttons , a gem of a blogger you are !
    Have a great adventure !
    Hugs,
    Willow

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  44. I love to hear that there are people out there working to save those beautiful barns. I am in no way part of the farming community, but I do appreciate their beauty!

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  45. How wonderful that the barn is being]g restored. I am passionate about old buildings, barns included but not just those I admit. :-) But to see something that has real history to it destroyed in the so-called name of progress..that hurts to the core.

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  46. You are a remarkable wonder.
    Happy Anniversary - thank you for all you share with us.

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  47. Congratulations on your 3rd year of blogging Buttons. You give of yourself in each post, and are truly admired.
    Many happy returns.
    I so enjoyed this post in particular. My love of old buildings and all the memories they hold and stand for are so worthy of being able to stay put and not be torn down :D)

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