Barns That Tell A Story

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    The Equestrian barn at Smithonia, GA

    The brick barn is topped by a clerestory that provides light and ventilation.

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    Col. James Monroe Smith (1839–1915) owned one of the largest farms in Georgia, encompassing 30-square miles. The estate included a sawmill, fertilizer plant, brickyard, cotton gin, schools, post office, and 17 miles of railroad tracks to haul products to market. Only Smith's mansion, milk house, hotel, commissary, and three massive brick barns still stand. The center of his estate,10 miles east of Athens, GA, is still called Smithonia Community.

    Smith was a controversial figure in Georgia history because much of his farm was built and maintained through convict leasing programs, which were common in the South after the Civil War.

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    Col Smith was a bachelor and upon his death no will could be found (until many years later). Ownership of the property was highly contested. Eventually the estate was divided into many parcels sold to various entities. Kenny Rogers (the singer) bought part of the plantation in the 1980s to build his Beaver Dam Farms estate.
     
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    clerestory /klîr′stôr″ē/
    noun
    1. The upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a church, containing windows.
    2. An upper portion of a wall containing windows for supplying natural light to a building.
    3. Same as clearstory.
    (I had never heard the word before.)
     
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    Thank you, Nancy, for that clear story!:rolleyes:
     
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    Old MacDonald? ^^^^ :)
     
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    This is supposedly a jigsaw puzzle. Looking closely at the shingles I think it might be a real barn somewhere, converted into living quarters. But no can find. :(

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    Somebody put a lot of work into this one.
     
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    [​IMG]old barn in Texas - with blue bonnets
     
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    Summer Stock (1950) - Judy Garland and Gene Kelly - Barn dance scene
     
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    The Four Story Barn
    Somerset Place Plantation, Washington County, North Carolina

    1938
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    After the original Four-story Barn burned in 1854, a second structure was rebuilt prior to the Civil War. It contained a grain elevator and an immense corn shelling machine. The barn remained in use for storage under successive owners, although timbers were slowly removed for other construction projects. The structure burned down in 1949.

    More Here (video):

    The Four-story Barn (Part II) (youtube.com)
     
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    Demonstration of the Louden Hay Carrier :)

    William Louden (1841-1931) invented a hay carrier in 1867 that made two-story barns practical. The device broadened the use of existing hay fork tools by attaching them to an overhead monorail along which the hay could be moved within a barn. In 1868 Louden opened his first shop to manufacture and sell his patented carriers. The Louden Machinery Company later expanded into a wide variety of farm equipment.

     
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    Two-year-old Sagebrush Thatched Barn
    Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939

    (Photo by Dorothea Lange)

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