This is no ordinary barn, folks. This barn survived the Civil War which (if you are not up on your history) is really saying something. General Sheridan ordered his troops to burned every barn, mill, factory, and railroad in the Shenandoah Valley during the 1860s. Well, my friends, he missed one! Let’s explore, shall we?
In the lower portion of the barn (which is built into the side of a small hill), the animals would come in to eat out of the elements. The farmer would walk behind the manger with bunches of hay and load the manger/hay rack. Notice the stone walls and timbers of the ceiling. How could anyone see such a barn and not want to explore? I could not resist.
The ladder (in the manger picture) leads to hay and wagon storage. Keep in mind that it is actually fairly dark and I did not have a tripod so taking this picture involved having the shutter open for a very long time. I tried to hold very still but the slight bit of blur is completely my fault.
The view from the upstairs of the barn is lovely, too. It overlooks the stream and fields. How frightening it must have been for the farmers living there during the Civil War. Surely they must have looked out that very window only to see smoke rising from barns and mills in the Valley… wondering when their farm would be found by Sheridan’s men. Except that it wasn’t. Thank goodness!
Pictured above is the window taken from the ground outside. Having already claimed these outbuildings for my very own, I may have to include the barn, too. I could live there. Really. There’s already a camper parked in it. Plenty of room!
While R. and I wandered around taking pictures and geeking out over the barn, Katy and M. discussed jam bands, bluegrass, and music festivals. Not that I am not also interested in those things — but I had a barn to explore, by golly. R. and M. completely understand that particular dilemma and solve it by frequently filling the barn with live music. Genius!
Can you think of anything better than live music in a barn that survived the Civil War?