Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Stone Barn

For nearly a decade now I have driven back and forth through the tiny village of Rocklyn.  I was down there the other day again, through my old tromping ground, and again I noticed this beautiful stone barn (or perhaps more properly drive shed), right in the village between houses, and right at the edge of the road.

It's not your usual old barn around here, being only one story high, like just the foundation of a larger barn, but it was obviously built like this.  Perhaps it started out as a drive shed for the former small church across the road.

It's quite a good size, but I don't know what's inside.  I don't think I've ever seen the door open, so I don't know what it's used for, or if it's used at all.

Interesting patterns in the old wood of the 'man-door', set into the bigger barn door.  At some point in the distant past this was obviously painted red.

At some point someone has added these concrete buttresses along the south wall, counteracting the beginning of a slight bow in the wall.

I always look closely at the corner stones of old barns.  This one is almost entirely made of limestone as far as I can see.  Look at those somewhat square-cut corners on the bigger limestone blocks.

Looks like the north wall is bowing out a bit too, but I hope it survives for many decades yet.  It's the only old stone barn I know of in the entire region.

Meanwhile, the snow is melting fast here; it's above freezing and the snow just vanishes into thin air.  We have freezing rain in the forecast for Monday.

Linking to:

The Barn Collective



22 comments:

  1. oh, lovely. Freezing rain. That's enough to make a Floridian hide their head in a paper sack.

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  2. interesting building. I also wonder what it was/is used for. And I do hope your freezing rain doesn't cause too much of a problem for you.

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  3. It's really a beauty. I like the proportions of it.

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  4. HI Furry...
    Next time , take a peek in the window!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. This barn has so much character. I hope it is preserved for years to come.

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  6. I hope they prop up the other side, this is a treasure.

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  7. That's a very neat old barn and I like it.

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  8. A very handsome old structure. Thanks for sharing its image.

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  9. oh yes I can see the side wall on the left hand side bending a wee bit but it's a very nice old building anyway.

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  10. A really nice building to photograph! :)

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  11. Oh this is so intriguing! How about a drive shed, as you suggest for the church to leave buckboards and wagons (and horses) for the people across the street at church...is it a Methodist church? Aren't Methodist churches the ones that have red doors? Does it? Could it be this door was painted red to indicate it was part of the church? Or maybe they met here before the newer church was built, turning a barn into a church? Ooh, lots of questions! At any rate, this is a gorgeous old building and I loved that you shared it!

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  12. That barn/shed is a real beauty. I hope it survives for a long time and I hope you find more information about it. We need to know the whys and wherefores.
    MB

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  13. Sure hope they can fix that bowed wall.

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  14. ..sooner or later we all need some buttresses as we begin to sag.

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  15. Interesting structure -- looks like the buttresses were installed quite some time ago.

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  16. it is such a rustic, gorgeous barn...made even prettier by the snow!!

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  17. A very nice barn. The buttresses are most unusual.

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  18. Now that is a very interesting structure. It would be good to know the history of it.
    Have a great week!

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  19. I love stone barns and this one is a beauty.

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  20. It's a unique barn! Interesting to see the buttress.

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