Old barns are monuments of rural America, symbols of hard work and perseverance, rural libraries full of memories, a tribute to our agricultural heritage.
Before the combine, farmers dried ears of corn in the loft of a type of barn called a corn crib. Other barn types include hay, equipment, and livestock barns. Architectural types, to name a few, include Dutch, prairie or Western, round, English, bank or multi-purpose, and horse barns.
An old barn and corn crib is not just an old structure of now-weathered boards, it’s a piece of history. Each individual barn is different and has its own personality, and each barn has its own story. Old barns are wonderfully mysterious, nostalgic, and inviting. Exploring them is an adventure that is somewhere between a history lesson, a science lesson, and a cultural lesson.
This old barn in Scottsdale, AZ is well preserved. However, at this time America is going through a rustic period in building and design and the demand for old, weathered barn boards and timber is at an all time high. In the not-too-distant future, most of America’s old barns will disappear, honed to obscurity by the weather or replaced by metal buildings of boring symmetry.
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