Welch Round Barn by Deborah  Benoit

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The old barn is a Morrisville, Vermont landmark and is owned by Earle and Arlene Welch. Earle`s grandfather built the barn in 1916 and up to 10 years ago was where the Welch`s milked their cows. The barn has 20 sides and is considered rare. 161 views.

The barn was a trend at the time so his grandfather wanted to build the latest, most efficient, prettiest thing he could come up with.

After 92 years the barn is showing it`s age and needs alot of work, so the Welch`s started a renovation project 8 years ago. To save money the Welch family is doing the work themselves….Earl uses wood from the land and cuts it into planks himself.

Their three children and five grandchildren help on the weekends and in the evenings. And after 8 years, the family is now on the fast track to finish the job because a granddaughter is planning to get married here next June.

“They’re hard workers – they want it as much as we do,” Arlene says.

In rebuilding the round barn the Welchs are sticking to the original design. They’re even going to repaint this yellow which they did 40 years ago to have it match the original red stain that was there when it was built in 1916.

“But Earle has had one goal in his life and that is to put this barn back the way it was when his grandpa built it,” Arlene says.

Earle agrees, “That’s my dream. Some people want to take vacations, but I want to see the barn restored.”

A legacy to leave for the next generation.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! What a beautiful barn…and what an amazing history!! …And what amazing people!!! It sure says alot about the kind of people they are…a rarity now-a-days!! Beautifully captured Deb!!

  • They are doing a wonderful job restoring this old barn. The grandaughter who is going to get married there happened to be in the barn when we stopped. Asked us to come in and take a tour. Inside was an old buggy which I did get a picture of along with the center silo and the ceiling. Thank you so much Blair and also for the fav!!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 6 years ago

    A unique building and a beautiful, very well captured photograph Deb

  • Thank you Thea!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • sleepyeyedrar
    sleepyeyedraralmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful and what a wonderful legacy ……

  • Thank you!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 6 years ago

    This is so cool! I have read about these many sided barns and this is one fantastic example and seem to be in very good condition by the bright red paint! Excellent capture!

  • They have done alot of work on the barn. And they restained it back to the original color. Thank you!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Dyle Warren
    Dyle Warrenalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you Dyle and also for the fav!!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations you have been featured in Rural Around The Globe. BigD

  • Thank you BigD!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! what a unique building….love the red against the blue sky! Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you Wendy!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • grannyjune
    grannyjunealmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved feature!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Al Mullen
    Al Mullenalmost 6 years ago

    Nice story Deb, those are rare – I have heard of a few in this state is all.

  • Thank you.

    – Deborah Benoit

  • brigusser
    brigusseralmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic…..great write up.

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Deborah Benoit

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