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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Farewell, Old Barn

Back in early March of 2012, 
I wrote a blog post about this beautiful old barn,
which is not far from That Old House:

Yesterday, I passed this barn again.
Now, it looks like this:

There is a temporary fence around it.
We've had some pretty fierce storms this spring, with high winds.

I can only think that falling trees or branches
brought down this fragile old structure.

A piece of local history, gone.
Clearly it isn't being taken down professionally; it fell down.

I will miss seeing it in my local travels.
Even back in March '12, it was clear
that the barn was living on borrowed time.

But wasn't it beautiful?

I'm glad I took these pictures.

It's a beautiful Wednesday here in northern New Jersey;
I hope your weather is treating you well, too!  -- Cass

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  1. Oh that barn had some character! I'm sure it was quite lovely at one time.. I love old barns. One of my favorites was just destroyed in the Oklahoma tornado last month..sad to see it reduced to ruble. Glad you got a picture of the barn!
    Miss Bloomers

  2. Yes - a bit of history going down - lots of stories behind those walls. thanks for sharing your before and after photos.

  3. Ah, too bad! It was a real beauty! Sad to see another piece of our past gone, but fortunate that you took photos while it was still standing.

  4. I hate when old structures finally succumb. I always want to fix up old barns like that and give them new life. My sister lives in Morris County and I am up there a lot. I'm surprised with all the damage from Hurricane Sandy last year that it didn't fall down then.

  5. Oh that's sad ! I love old structures and the history behind them ! Have a great day

  6. Yes, it was beautiful in it's HeyDay...just like the rest of us! :0)
    :0( Sad to see our "old friends" go, whether they are visual or real.
    Thx for sharing.

  7. In it's was a beauty. It makes me so sad to see all these barns falling down. They must have been the main hub of the farm in their day. If only they could talk.

  8. Yes, she was a beauty!

    I really appreciate the
    history and the architecture
    of barns and even have
    a Pinterest board called
    "Barn Love." I also have
    my favorite "oldie" here
    in MN that I pass often
    and I keep my fingers
    crossed that she can
    withstand the elements
    for a few more years!

    Thanks for sharing
    your barn crush; I hope
    someone will salvage
    some of that great wood
    and she will live on in
    other projects.

    xo Suzanne

  9. Oh sad :( It reminds me of a childhood friend's barn when I grew up in New Jersey. Their old farmhouse is probably gone by now too. The older I get, especially now with Mom in Eternity, I think more of growing up in New Jersey.

    **blows kisses**

  10. That's too bad about the old barn. I hope someone makes good use of the beautiful barn boards left behind. I captured a barn near here last summer as a friend told me it was going to be dismantled soon. Sure enough I found out one day this winter that it was gone. Just the big round hay bales left behind. It's sad to see these old barns go isn't it. Happy Summer to you! Pamela

  11. Hi Cass! Oh, this always makes me a little sad! Just think this was someone's place where they kept their livelihood - their trackers or horses and cows. Glad you captured it before it fell in. Kiss though little fuzzy faces for me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. Oh how I would love to get my hands on that wood. I would paint a ton of rustic signs. Do you deliver?

  13. Ahh, that's too bad that it's down now. It's always sad to see them fall over.

  14. There is no doubt all the images of these houses are looking so pretty.

    Beautiful Villa Rentals

  15. Just found your blog via Pam @ the House of Hawthorne's pins. Love this old barn. It's too bad some of that old wood and the cupola couldn't be salvaged.


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