Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Barns # 3 - 4 - 5
You may have gotten a sneak peek of this poor little thing yesterday. This use to be the smoke house on the farm. Even though protected by the large old mill barn, the wet from the cliffs behind have made a run-off thru this poor thing over time. Her age is telling!
She certainly isn't safe to venture into and basically gets to sit out in her final resting place.
She doesn't look so bad from the back though. This has become a safe home for our family of woodchucks and occassional skunk (the chucks chase them off).
And if you turn directly around, this barn sits. They clustered barns to make working from area to the next a little more efficient, but you can immagine what a fire hazard this set-up was.
So what is this barn's purpose? This was the original Hops barn. One of the 'lives' of this farm was a very successful Hops Farm. If you don't know about Hops, you can read this historical artical HERE. We have several local breweries that are trying to bring back hops into the valley.
I knew this old gal as the shavings shed. When the farm became a mill, the shaving from the planers were blown into this barn. We used it for our own bedding of the milk cows as well as a couple of local farms came to get truck loads. On a hot, humid day - this was the worst job to do!! You breathed it, melted into your eyes, ate it, wore it!!!!
You may have caught this little shed. This is the old milk house back when milk was shipped in cans.
She sits over a short well as the cans were placed in the cool waters to keep the milk until pick up. There were several wells on the farm, but they have all since been filled, capped and covered. We were on the 'out skirts' of town and now that town is our neighbor and the farm is on village water and sewer lines. Along with the new pipe-line system of milking now, this is also part of why there is no dairy here any more.
So that's our little cluster around the mother ship.
I had a travel day for a Quilters Hall of Fame meeting and then today is a review of tonight's program for my own local guild - haven't touched my machine in days. Wednesday she better be ready!