Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Vermont Barn Tour ~ Americana at its best.

In my travels today I saw many really great barns.     I will share a few here.  I know some barn design is unique to specific locations and states.  One of my favorite books is the Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings by Thomas Durant Visser.  Great photos and explanations of barn design and where it originated from and when.  Peg and beam construction is what most of the barns here have.

Some of the saddest sights I see are old barns falling down. My heart hurts when I see them.

This one was built in 1810.     200 years ago.

This barn looks like its got eyes, nose and a mouth.

Over looking the mountains. This farm is empty.  The neighbor is haying it for his own cows.

Fortunately there is a barn preservation group that will match funds to restore barns that are in " the public's view."  This lucky barn and wooded silo are in the begining stages of having the foundation repaired. The roof on this barn is made of slate. The entire roof is slate. Not a piece out of place in almost 200 years of brutal weather.

1777 ice house ( red ) and barn ( brown ).

A barn made into a house.  Has the most unusual silo in the back.

Almost 200 years old and still doing really well.

Weathervanes are as unique and interesting as the old barns.

A restored wooden silo with a new roof.  And a new bale feeding ring.  Good farmer.

Same barn from the front.  I love those wooden silos with the vines growing up the sides. Home to dozens of birds nests.

The whole barn in one photo.

Curious cows watching me on the rural back roads

I found this art in a huge field.   I do not know what it is. Do you ?

Several barn designs from 2 different centuries.

Another empty farm.  The owners have died.  A common occurance.  No relatives want to continue farming, so it stands empty.

This is the last barn for tonight.  Hope you have enjoyed your personal Vermont barn tour.


  1. I love them all! A friend bought me a book with pictures of barns in it for my birthday one year, because she knows how much I love to look at them.

  2. Thank you so much. How fun was that? Nothing is that old around here. Lots of the ranchers are getting their 100 year plaques from the government but that's about it. The house I grew up in was built in 1904. History isn't nearly so old (at least when it comes to buildings) in Alberta. Vermont is just as cool as I thought it would be.

  3. How much fun was that!!!! I enjoyed every last one of the photos!