Barns of Antrim County

Posted on November 23, 2009

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We love our barns up here. “Our” is used loosely, as most of us don’t have barns, except for the pole barn variety, and those are not our subject for the day. No indeed. We are talking about good old barns that have stood for a long time, and picturesque ruins that are quietly fading into the landscape. Lovingly tended centennial barns and brand new barns. Barns that have fallen on hard times and then been fixed up good as new. Barns that shelter animals and barns that store crops. Barns that carry a family’s whole history in their rafters.

These are just a few that I love, every last one of them somebody else’s barn. (My barn was a huge old thing five miles outside of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It belonged to my grandparents. My Uncle Howard and my dad helped my grandfather reshingle it when I was little. The haymow of that barn is one of the best places I’ve ever been, and I have been fortunate as to places to be. I can’t think of an excuse to put it in an Antrim County gallery, but you can see a picture of it here.)

You’ve seen some of these before, but I figure there are never too many barn pictures around here. Lots of them come with great stories. I told you about Mark White’s barn-falling, and I’ve written a fair amount about Bayview Farm and Providence Farm. There are more stories, and someday I will have the time to tell you all of them.

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network has a Barn of the Year competition and would like submissions. I considered nominating some of my personal favorites, but it was too hard to choose. If you would like to nominate your favorite barn, you can read all about it in the Announcement and you can download and complete the Nomination Form. If you would like some help with this, let me know. And if you just have great barn stories or barn pictures, let me know about those, too!

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