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We love seeing what’s going on at your place! Here are some favorite reader photos of barns.
  • Ann Egan

    Percheron Place

    This is North Point Farm's main barn designed and built by Tim Egan, and it houses our Percheron horses. It has six mahogany horse stalls, heated watering systems, equine foot pads, air conditioning, radiant floor heat, heated wash stall, tack room, enclosed tractor/trailer bay, and more. During foaling season, stalls are equipped with cameras, which we monitor in our residence.– Ann Egan, Litchfield, CT

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Susan K. Nelson

    Work in Progress

    Our barn was built in 1915 by local pioneer Albert H. Myers and originally used for housing horses, milking cows, and storing hay in the large loft. It was on a quarter section (160 acres) where Myers bred horses and cows, fed lambs, and grew wheat, barley, oats, potatoes, and hay.We began a work-in-progress restoration project on the barn a couple of years ago to keep it strong and proud. We use the barn to park a 430 JD tractor and other equipment and tools, and as a wood shop. – Susan K. Nelson, Eaton, CO

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Jeff and Cathy Houseknecht

    Favorite Place for Kids

    Our grandchildren love to help around our small family farm. Claire, 16, raised a batch of piglets in the barn and got very attached to them. She and Julia, 13, help feed cows. Julia is our flower gardener; she enjoys picking and deadheading for Grandma. We farm for them, so they can experience the circle of life and the wonders of God’s creation.  Jeff and Cathy Houseknecht, Darien Center, NY

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • B. P. Lemmon

    Fully Restored

    This 19th-century barn has been fully restored and is complete with a tack room for draft horse harnesses and equipment, stalls and feeders, a millery room for milling wheat or corn into flour and corn meal, a hayloft, and a large storage area for carriages, equipment, and tractors. – B.P. Lemmon, Corning, CA

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Jennifer Schmidt

    Morning Mist

    This barn is across the road from our house. We live outside of Glasgow, a small town on the Missouri River. My husband’s family has been farming there since the 1950s. It is a wonderful, safe place to raise our two kids (soon to be three). I can’t imagine a better place to live.  Jennifer Schmidt, Glasgow, MO

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Jay Pisauro

    250 Years

    Built in 1764, all beams in this barn are oak with mortised, tenoned, and pegged joints. The barn is nearly 100% original. Some new flooring and doors were installed, and the roof was reshingled with hand-split cedar. All hardware was reused. Our chickens love the barn. – Jay Pisauro, Ewing, NJ

     
    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Mary Crawford

    Hog Barn Quilts

    I was inspired to paint our vacant hog house after viewing barn quilts. These 10 blocks are painted directly on the wood and include “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Goose in the Pond,” and “Wagon Wheel.” We live on a gravel road, but we’ve had many lookers and even some stoppers. – Mary Crawford, Beaver Creek, MN

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Jaclyn Kuhns

    Fall Color

    The sun is setting on another beautiful fall day on Mustang Hill Farm in Tennessee. One year, our barn was hit by a tornado and the roof was taken off, but there was no other damage. The barn houses two mustangs and a mini horse. – Jaclyn Kuhns, Culleoka, TN

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Patrick & Connie Peterson

    Still Warming Calves

    This is our 100-year-old barn on a foggy, frosty day. This barn is now on its sixth generation of Petersons, if you count our 3-year-old grandson, Ralen Peterson. It has warmed and dried plenty of newborn calves over the past 100 years. It’s still in use today. – Patrick & Connie Peterson, Oshkosh, NE

     
    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Linda Helm

    Barn Quilt

    We made our barn quilt in 2010. The pattern is “Carpenter’s Wheel” (my husband, Danny, is a carpenter). I love the colors against our barn and the snow. It makes a bright spot on a cloudy day!  Linda Helm, Jamestown, KY

     
    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014
  • Susan St-Amand

    Before and After

    This is our horse barn before (left) and after (below) renovation. The barn was originally used as a cattle shed. Everything was renovated except for the main supporting posts and rafter beams. The dirt floor was leveled, and gravel was brought in to establish floors covered with rubber mats for each of the four horse stalls. The hayloft was extended, and a covered overhang was built. – Susan St-Amand, Strasburg, VA

    Date Published: September 3, 2014
    Date Updated: September 4, 2014

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