Monday, July 23, 2012

Barn Charm #49

1. This is a barn that I pass on my way to and from Seneca Lake.
One day there was no one home across the road, so I pulled over
and took some photos.
(That home is not part of the farm, but I still feel intrusive.)

2. This shows a field behind it which looks like it's still being planted.

3. The Amish moved into this area about fifteen years ago in a big way.
Land was much cheaper then,
particularly in this area around Salesville, Ohio.

(Around Seneca Lake, property values rose tremendously about ten years ago,
when the motor limit on boats was removed.
Folks from Cleveland and Columbus headed down here,
 bought up cute, simple cottages, tore them down, and built huge trophy summer homes.
Does it show that this is a sore subject with me?! Ha!)

An Amish family bought this land. This barn may have already been here,
but at least one of the two up on the hill were built after they bought this land.
(I will show them another time.)

4. You will appreciate this shot more in a minute.
I had a flash issue, but needed to use this photo anyhow.
You'll see why soon.

5. A glimpse of the two other barns.
The Amish family didn't stay here long.
Honestly, from a layman's opinion, the land does not look that great
for farming and raising animals,
and it borders a busy road on the very tip of a town.

As I pointed out earlier, someone is still tilling a field in the back
that I don't think was ever part of the farm bought by that young family.

6. This is the barn looking back from the edge of Salesville,
You can no longer see this lovely image like this.

Most of you are aware of a horrendous storm
that barrelled into Ohio and came up into this area of
Guernsey, Noble, Belmont, and Monroe counties--
a storm like none historians can recall having here.
Much damage was done.
Power outages were a problem for some folks for up to ten days.

7. As you can  glimpse here, this barn suffered tremendously.

8. Here is the front of the building.
Compare it to photos 3 and 4.

9. This view and the rest of the photos are from the side that borders 
the town of Salesville.
I parked my car and walked back to take more shots. 
10. BTW, the sign is accurate.
The curves coming up are some of the worse around the lake.
I pray on this stretch because the Amish sometimes WALK
this treacherous stretch in their dark clothing even in the evenings.
I almost took out about ten kids one evening as I rounded a blind curve
to see youngsters walking up the hill ON the road.
(In their defense, there are no SIDES to the road in this stretch.)
Still, yikes!
(For those aware of my driving habits, I drive SLOWLY on this part.)

11. This shot and the next one show the condition of the back part of the barn.

12. I am not sure what will happen to it.
It may be left to simply fall apart.
It is far enough from the road that its collapse should not end up as a traffic hazard.
If something changes about it, I will update you all.

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  1. Awesome find you've got here and the time you spent is worth it. I like the story behind of all the barn and this one is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Kim, USA

  2. Very sad to see it in ruins. Glad you were able to capture it before.

  3. What a sad thing to see. I'm glad you got some picture before the storm.

  4. wow, that's a shame to see so much damage that will never be fixed, i'm sure.

  5. Interesting series of photos and your story, Beth. So much history.

  6. hi, Beth ... it's Beth from VA here. your comments always catch me off guard ... i have to make sure i'm who i am because i want to be sure i'm not commenting twice. thanks, for putting a smile on my face. hope you are well this week. what a great selection here. i know it's sad to see barns falling down but they really provide such great photos. love the history behind them. take care. stay cool. so humid & warm here in VA. (:

  7. I love barns too. We are in a part of the country where there are many.

  8. Your photo record of the barn is so interesting, although it's a sad story
    of the storm causing further damage to an already unstable old building. Hope you're able to relax with your gardening this week, Beth.

  9. oh we had some barns that were hurt during the storm too (the one at the end of june?) we have another set due to come through here between noon and 2 today...watching, supposedly there are more very strong winds with this one, yikes, hope nobody loses power again! great pics and story!

  10. My goodness, I'm glad you got shots of it in tact, because I would never have guess it was as big as it was or that it looked anything like it did in the 1st few shots! WoW! It was a beauty & such a shame it was practically destroyed... terribly sorry about the storm, too.
    I'll definitely be interested in updates as they come...

    Thanks for joining, very informative post, Beth! =)

  11. As sad as is it, there's still beauty in the damaged barns.

  12. I'm so glad you photographed this wonderful old barn before the storm. Sad to see it now. It will probably be left to fall down. Keep us updated.

  13. Thank you for this interesting tour, Beth. The Amish have moved in a big way to Upstate New York where the land is also cheaper than Pennsylvania. I'm sorry to see so much destruction caused by nature.

  14. i'm telling you beth, i'd have such a ball, cruising the area, on the lookout for derelict houses, and barns. they are such great drawing material too, all those lines, and charms!
    thxs for your consideration on behalf of this internet playing up... it's fine at the moment. next it'll be on the blink, no doubt. but whilest it's giving.... ;)))

  15. You're obviously still very much in loved with barns and the people in the same area. Glad you were protected from hurting the Amish... or other kids wandering out and about. Attention is a very important aspect for all of us!


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