Monday, June 18, 2012
It was kind of sad in a way. The very last nail held on tight. It is really too bad the barn wasn't built better in the beginning. Most of the wood is white oak that was probably cut and milled on-site. We don't know for sure, but it was probably build in the early 20's. There is a date in the mortar on the silo next to the bard that says 1923. We did discover when clearing the behind the barn that there is the shell of another silo that was knocked down to ground level and filled with dirt. Perhaps that one is older still. I would like to know more about the history of this land. Fortunately, the sheep farmer across the highway was born in our house. I would like to somehow document his memory and knowledge of how it used to be. If he is willing, it would be neat to get him on video talking about the "old place".
I find it more than ironic that the strangely shaped tree in the front of the house died the same year we completed the deconstruction of the old barn. How long have they known each other?