New roof for an old barn

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Comments (12)

Tony Reid on August 1, 2008

So not so abandoned after all?!

Cheers, Tony

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Marilyn Whiteley on August 1, 2008

Thank you, blai and Tony.

This old farm is now part of the county land trust, and we saw plenty of evidence that people are working to stabilize it and prevent further deterioration. I don't know what their ultimate plans are, but I'm delighted to see their progress. At least thirty years ago I took some pictures of the stovewood wall you see in this photo; even at that time the place was abandoned!

Cheers, Marilyn

MaryAlice on August 2, 2008

What an outstanding barn, Marilyn! I love it. The different ways the wood is running and all the neat little doors and such ~ It is most unique and exciting. I love how they have the cut up firewood all stacked up in there, waiting for winter. It adds a delightful appeal to this shot. I think it's wonderful that it is being taken care of and loved. The new roof is very lovely indeed. A magnificent addition to your ever increasing barn collection! Beautiful! =) Best regards, Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on August 2, 2008

Thank you, Mary Alice, for your lovely comment. Yes, I also especially enjoyed the different ways the wood runs. Why it's different on one of the four sections of big sliding door I've no idea!!

One further detail for you. What you're seeing is not stacked firewood, but a (deteriorating) "stovewood wall." You commented on a barn photo of mine a few days ago. Beside that picture there was a shot of one section of the building which showed more clearly that building's stovewood wall, and I gave a little bit of information about it there.

I'd hoped to get a good close-up of the stovewood wall in this building, but the people who are now taking good care of this interesting property have put some chicken wire in front of much of the wall, perhaps to help stabilize it. I thought that interfered with a close-up, but I've just zoomed in on one of the pictures, and it might warrant another trip to get a "portrait" of part of the wall, chicken wire and all! Best wishes, Marilyn

trikermike on August 2, 2008


Nice capture, Marilyn, would you be interested in allowing me to use a photograph of old, unrestored country buildings that are on your gallery pages, as subjects to sketch ? paintplease? I am doing a few for others, and enjoying the challenge. Maybe you could pick up the chat from here anyway! on Mary Alices , skidas, Coal Miners Boy pages.

I enjoyed another 2 pages of your VAST gallery last night, you're so prolific! and Good too! @bye for now, Mike b¬))

Marilyn Whiteley on August 2, 2008

Yes, Mike, I heartily agree with you that it's wonderful to see even a few of these buildings being cared for, and I certainly wish this would spread.

I've seen your conversations with Mary Alice and Paul, and maybe skida, too, and you're very welcome to use my photos as subjects.

Right now I'm really enjoying taking pictures in this beautiful area where we spend summers. Winter will come, and I'll be back home in Canada, and there won't be as many photo opportunities. Greetings, Marilyn

P.S. for Mary Alice: I don't know whether had a chance to see my earlier note to you before Mike wrote.

trikermike on August 3, 2008

Marilyn, thanks for calling in, you are very welcome. I see that you are busy in your "Summer State" HEE-hee- There are quite a few of us who care about the older things, I wonder if there is one out there for me? (carer!!)

First off, THANKYOU so much, for allowing me to sketch from your lovely pictures, it is I that bears honour here :) Wisconsin looks to be a peaceful place, hey? I do hope you all have fun.

'bye for a bit, Mike b¬)

Marilyn Whiteley on August 3, 2008

That's a very good link, Paul. Thanks. (It mentions Door County, where this one is, and if you enlarge the picture, you can see a diagonal timber which makes this a stovewood wall of the "half-timbered" variety.)

Of course I'm aesthetically attracted to barns with well-aged roofs. Yet I also hope that some of these structures will be around for a while, and if new roof will help that, especially one using appropriate materials (as this does), then I'll support the new roof (figuratively speaking).


Marilyn Whiteley on August 6, 2008

At the left edge of the picture and also out of sight beyond this smaller barn, there are lots of logs that are apparemtly in use for repairing the larger barn. There are many signs that people are hard at work to keep this place in repair so that it will last well into the future. Like you, I hope so! Marilyn

tonigrace on August 30, 2010

Great photos, Marilyn! I found your pictures via Google Earth. This particular farm is a very sentimental to my family and I'm so glad to see it's being maintained. This was the Jacobe farm up until my grandfather and his brother sold it in the late 1970's. I love that someday I'll still be able to take my daughter up there and let her know where her roots are.

Marilyn Whiteley on August 30, 2010

I'm so glad you found this and left a message, tonigrace! I haven't driven into the property yet this year, but I can see from the many times we've driven by that more has been done on it, which is good to see. I'll check more closely one of these days.

Marilyn Whiteley on September 23, 2011

Here is how the barn looks three years later with its new barn quilt.

Volunteers are continuing to stabilize and restore the whole Land Trust farm.

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  • Uploaded on August 1, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 10:00:01
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 7.44mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
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