Round Barns of Vernon County (2)

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Comments (15)

Larry Workman QIN on August 5, 2010

I remember round barns! I have not seen any in many years. Is this one really brick?

Best regards, Larry

Ivo Kindel on August 5, 2010

Linda imagem! Parabéns, Marilyn!


Greetings from Brazil!

Nick Weall on August 5, 2010

In England this would have been converted into a lovely dwelling place by now I think ~ A lovely looking building :)

Bruce MacIver on August 5, 2010

Wonderful photo Marilyn -- love the way the shadow falls on the barn -- awesome composition!

Happy trails, Bruce

Marilyn Whiteley on August 5, 2010

Larry, this one is clay tile, and the little information there is in an internet list of round barns says that it was built around a clay tile silo.

Obrigada, Ivo!

Nick, I think it would be a handsome dwelling, though I'd hate to cut windows into the walls. I'm very glad it's being well maintained, and as you see by the corn (maize) field, it's part of a working farm.

Thank you, Bruce. The shadow is one of those things - I didn't like it when I first saw it, wished I'd been there earlier, but I came to see that it adds something.

Now that I've mapped this, you can see that there's another Panoramio shot of the barn. He went onto the property got an angle that I like. I stayed on the roadside, but my July photo allows us to see the gentle curves of the rows of very tall corn.

I'll try to map the other barn photos before long, but it will be work to figure out our route!


stargazerherman on August 6, 2010

Interesting and pretty shot, Marilyn - I might have to make a little road trip out that way to see some of these firsthand, although your photos almost negate the need! on August 6, 2010

More beautiful barns. What a beautiful shady composition. :-) nik

JBTHEMILKER on August 10, 2010

This is a small round barn. Do you have a list of where they all are?

Teresa Jankowska on August 13, 2010

very interesting - Like

Erik van den Ham on August 15, 2010

Hello Marilyn these round barns are a very interesting phenomenon. Is their some cultural reason for this type of barns?

Could you give any info on the curved patterns that are visible on the map of GE.

Best regards, Erik

JBTHEMILKER on August 15, 2010

With a round barn you usually have the feed stored in the center. it is a short distance to take the feed to the livestock. they take less wood, or in this case brick or tile, to construct. Once a farmer has worked with a round barn, he will never go back to one with corners. I have a few pictures of some of the New England round barns. They are a good idea, one that has had a hard time catching on in most areas. JBTHEMILKER

Erik van den Ham on August 15, 2010

Thank you so much for your explanation JB I think beside from having the benefits you just mentioned they a very pretty too.


Jan Sluimer on August 18, 2010

Wonderful photo.

joyfotos on August 19, 2010

OOh! Ooh! You saw them all! I only saw a few as I ran out of time on my long jaunt around the Amish countryside. Did you buy the book? I was told that another lady has a book of paintings of the round barns that is just out. Unfortunately I ran out of time before I got into Vernon to by the book. I am hoping for another trip with more time.

To answer a couple of Erik's phenomenon was that many of the barns were built by the same man, Alga Shivers, the son of a slave who escaped to the area on the Underground Railroad. The curved patterns above are contour crop farming on the hillsides of this area that was uncarved by the glaciers. It is called the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Hope that helps...sorry for butting in Marilyn but was so excited to see your new posts!

Marilyn Whiteley on August 19, 2010

Thank you, Herman, nik, JB, Teresa, Erik, Jan, and joyfotos.

Special thanks, JB and joyfotos for adding the information before I had a chance to reply.

Erik, to add to what jf said, I can't find the web site right now, but this is what I remember: in the hard times of the 1930s (Great Depression and dust bowl), farmers in this area were encouraged to plough the land according to its contours, to prevent erosion. And this area became publicized as an example of how effective this change in agricultural practices could be. What shows up in the map is an extension of that practice: farmer plant a strip of one crop and then a strip of another - all following the contours of the land. It makes for some beautiful patterns! During the short time we were in the area, we mostly hunted barns, and the few landscapes I took weren't as good as some of the views I saw (often where there was no place to park), but I'll upload one or two someday soon.

joyfotos, how exciting that our paths nearly crossed. It's a wonderful area! No, I didn't even see the book. e were so busy hunting things that we were never in a store.

Here is the link to the list from which we worked We hunted only in Vernon County and saw most of those that are still standing there.

Cheers, Marilyn

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    by Marilyn Whiteley
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