Friday, February 18, 2011

This old barn is falling down, falling down, falling down...

In the top photo, the poor old horse barn doesn't look too bad, but from the other side, it's another story. The roof has been in the process of rotting out and caving in for probably as long as we have been coming up here. Today, phase 2 of its self-destruction has begun.

We have had a fairly consistent 2 feet of snow still hanging around since December. Yesterday's 40° temps, and today's 50° melted just enough of that snow on the roof to make it too much for the old beams. I do hope that Susan will leave the stone foundation there even if she can't afford to build the barn back up.

The barn is part of the Quartier Horse Farm that is right across the street from The Dump. Susan has been the owner since Mr. Quartier passed away in summer 2009. A coincidence that the barn would choose to start coming down on the same day that The Dump was supposed to start being dismantled. But then David The Dump Remover didn't show up today. He did say it could be today or tomorrow. We'll see...

I am not sure, but I think the horse farm, our land, and Chazoo's barn and house were all part of the same farm years ago. If Chazoo is correct, it was the Herkimer Farm, and dates back to the 1700s. He says his own big brown barn was a hops barn, and our little yellow shed was a milking shed. I would guess that the shed probably dates to the early 20th century though.

Now that Chazoo's barn and house are up for sale, I fear for this changing local landscape!

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