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This post took a lot longer than I expected because I kept looking at all the neat old barn pictures. The Garage Journal reported on Heritage Restorations, a company that moves and restores 18th and 19th century timber-framed barns, cabins, houses, and mills (showroom and example buildings in Elm Mott, TX). The Long Valley Barn, shown above, is a circa 1810 barn from New Jersey that was dismantled, restored, and relocated to Texas.

Some timber frame barns had serious hand-hewn beams. The Whittier Heights Dutch Barn, circa 1760 and originally from the Mohawk River valley of upstate NY, has the huge anchor beams with rounded tenons, shown above.

Some of these old timber frame structures are re-purposed for use as homes, civic centers, retreat centers, exhibits, and so on. A few — thank goodness — are restored as working barns. The Sharon Springs Barn, whose interior is shown below, is a circa 1870 hay barn from Sharon Springs, NY, now doing barn duty in Mineral Wells, TX.

You can find many more pictures on the Heritage Restorations website. Don’t blame me if you blow the rest of the day perusing pictures: Blame The Garage Journal; they started it.

Heritage Restorations [Manufacturer’s Site]

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3 Responses to Restoring Barns

  1. Ben says:

    Oh man. So cool. I bet that is a fun place to work.

  2. shopmonger says:

    I use barn boards from some of these 100 year old barns in my woodworking business. i live in a large Moravian areas, and there are hundreds of these barns around, some in a state of disrepair beyond reconstruction, but some of the timber is very beautiful and aged……


  3. argo says:

    Fine…a lot of good jobs, but…but, …wait….who’s the fool man who restored the barn with such luxurious furniture and didn’t enlarge the windows? Dracula?

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