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Snyder's Stone Barn ...After A March Sunset by Gene Walls

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The last of winter’s snow on the northward facing mountainside seemed to present the perfect backdrop for this beautifully preserved historic stone barn …the most beautiful barn I know of!

This unusual farm is located just outside of the town of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, along RT-87 north. This unique barn is the centerpiece of the current “Snyder Farm”. The barn was originally built by the Scott family. The Scott’s were Quakers who had settled in Fairfield Township in the 1770’s. Direct descendants of the Scott family have officially applied to have this site listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. That designation has not yet been granted, but it is under serious consideration. The current owner, Richard Snyder, purchased the property from the Scott family in 1920. This old family farm has the enviable reputation of growing “the best sweet corn in the country”.

This photo was taken on March 7th with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L zoom lens. The focal length was 350mm. The shutter speed was .7 sec. at f/16. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A heavy duty Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 ball head.

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoover 4 years ago

    Super image.Great light and textures.

  • Thank you very kindly, Carla!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 4 years ago

    Neat old barn, well captured Gene!

  • Thanks a bunch, Monte! Isn’t this one of the greatest old barns, ever!

    Much appreciated!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Looks chilly, Gene. Great barn, and is that a gazebo near it?

  • Actually, Jan, it was amazingly warm, over 50 degrees after 6 pm tonight …the warmest day of the year so far. It only looks cold because the sky was so perfectly blue, even after sunset.

    Yes, that is a very old gazebo to the left of the barn. This is such an amazing farm. I’ll have to go back and get more shots there soon. The farmhouse is just as wonderful as the barn and there are lots of outbuildings, too. Everything about this farm is kept in incredible condition.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Is it a working farm, Gene? Or an historic landmark?

  • It’s both, a full working farm (not a “farm-ette”) and it is deeply steeped in rich history!

    There is an amazing family cemetery, right in the middle of their huge field. You can’t see it when the crops are up, but it has a very ornate iron fence around it. This place is truly beautiful and unique.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightover 4 years ago

    I want to see this barn in the worst way.
    Maybe someday I can make my way there.
    Superb shot Gene.

  • Thanks, Judy! I would be more than happy to show you this incredible farm! Mr. Snyder is actually very disappointed that the mall deal didn’t go through. He is 71 years old and saw the sale as his retirement income and as a reward for his many, many years of farming. He isn’t very open to the idea of people imposing or snooping around his farm these days. From his perspective, he got robbed by the courts. However, we could still get a lot of great photos here, without trespassing or being a bother.

    Just let me know if you can every get over to my “neck of the woods”.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • SharonAHenson
    SharonAHensonover 4 years ago

    Nice barn…..great capture.

  • Most appreciated, Sharon!

    Wonderful wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • Thanks, Lorilee!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

    Wow! Gene this is a BEAUTY!!!Wonderful capture!

  • Deeply appreciated, Ruth!

    This property was up for sale to a NY developer who wanted to build a shopping mall on the site. Fortunately, Judge Dudley Anderson just denied the application for the mall’s development two weeks ago. It was a very complicated case, but this historical farm will be spared …at least for now!

    I have been researching this site. It’s history is really fascinating!

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    This is yet another compelling reason to visit your neck of the woods. What a stunner; well caught here, Gene.

  • Thanks a bunch, Sheila! This farm was almost sold to a mall developer, but that deal was crushed by the courts two weeks ago! I, for one, would have really missed this gorgeous old local landmark.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

    Let’s HOPE they or someone gets it on the Historical Registry for Pa. so it can’t be scoffed up by some developer!!!!!

  • You are so right! Actually, the entire farm is situated on a “flood plain”, It has been flooded 27 times since 1906. That’s not such a big problem for a farm field, but it would be a disaster for a shopping mall. That fact may keep this farm from ever being developed, at least for quite some time.

    You are right, hopefully, the Scott family’s application for historical designation will be granted, before some sort of developement becomes an issue again!

    – Gene Walls

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