I probably need a bumper sticker that says: “I break for barns”. I love the old barns that dot the landscape around West Tennessee. Many of them were built on farms that operated in the early to mid-1900’s, and are no longer being utilized. Most of these old structures, which richly add to the character of the landscape, are now in various stages of disrepair. It is sad to see these buildings of the past deteriorate and crumble, and forever change the ambience of the countryside.
“I always sort of swooned at the sight of the classic barn structures … where everything seemed rustic and weathered and made to age gracefully.” ~Richard Dean Anderson
20 thoughts on “Old barns”
It is sad to see them in this shape.
Yes it is! They are all in need of some TLC.
I love barns. They are such an important piece of our history.
They were a very significant part of life in earlier times. Unfortunately, I’m sure they are expensive to keep up now that they are no longer being used for farming.
These are great! Every time I see an old barn I wish I had one. I would care for it better though.
Thanks! I share your sentiments and would like to think that I would too.
I love old barns as well. If their walls could talk, can you imagine the stories they’d tell?
It is fun to imagine what they looked like when they were first built and were the center of the hustle and bustle of the family farm.
I break for barns too…but we don’t have many here in central FL. You have a great collection here!
Thanks! Many of ours are in bad shape, but you can still see their beauty.
ya,I agree.I love these old structures! The wood alone is worth a lot & so should not be wasted.There are companies that do nothing but find,take apart & sell the planks………for BIG bucks too I might add!
At least the wood is being reused before it is consumed. It was on the news not more than 2 weeks ago,where a farmer was upset that his fence had been taken by wood thieves!
It’s good that the wood can be reused if the barn itself can’t be saved. Sorry to hear the farmer lost his fence. I also enjoy seeing the old wood and barbed wire fences.
They are so picturesque in their dilapidation.
Sadly, that’s so true!
Just love these photos. I’ve always appreciated barns as they begin to fall and sag…they all have some great stories to tell us.
There is something lovely and sentimental about old barns. I think they make you long for simpler times.
These are important pictures – in 20 year’s time they will all be looking worse. Keep up the good work. 🙂
Yes, they were an important part of the history of our area. Sadly, I don’t think some of them even have 20 years.
They will still exist in your photographs. 🙂