Old barn latch, Stuart's Draft. ©Bruce Young
Barns are often on the Most Endangered List of historic preservation organizations. Changing farming practices, together with the complexity and costs of maintaining them, have contributed to their loss nationwide.
HLF developed a sense of urgency about barns in 2017, when a local family invited us to tour an historic barn that it intended to sell for its lumber. The barn had some issues, as many older barns do, but it was in mostly stable condition.
Since then, HLF has had some preliminary discussions with the Rockbridge Historical Society on drawing attention to barns as historic assets. As one result, the two organizations have decided that next May — 2019’s Preservation Month — we will collaborate to celebrate and promote greater appreciation of area barns.
Among the likely activities are a tour and architectural presentation at an area barn and a joint public exhibit using photographs, paintings, and text to illustrate the historic, architectural, social and economic importance of barns, the threats they face and the need for their preservation.
While not intended as an inventory of barns, HLF’s The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge does have some barn documentation with photographs by the book’s author, Dan Pezzoni.
This site will keep you up to date on specific activities planned for May 2019 and afterward.
Turnpike Road barn. ©Jennifer Law Young
Barn in snow, Kerr's Creek. ©Bruce Young
Buffalo Forge barn. HLF photo
Red barn in Denmark. HLF photo
White barn in Fairfield. HLF photo
Dairy barn in Brownsburg. ©Bruce Young
Bank barn near Rockbridge Baths. ©Bruce Young
Snowy barn near Kerr's Creek. ©Jennifer Law Young
Old barn being disassembled near Lexington on Midland Trail. ©Jennifer Law Young
Barn on Smoky Row. ©Jennifer Law Young
Horse and barn on Bethany Road. ©Jennifer Law Young
Barn foundation detail, Alone Mill. ©Jennifer Law Young
Small bank barn, Big Hill Road. ©Jennifer Law Young
Bank barn, Sugar Creek. ©Jennifer Law Young
Barn with American Flag on Union Run. ©Jennifer Law Young
Barn on Turnpike Road. ©Jennifer Law Young
Old log barn in Bird Forest hollow near House Mountain. ©Jennifer Law Young