Barns Are a Disappearing Part of Americana   9 comments

Since the advent of BigAg and factory farming, the family farm has been going the way of the dinosaur. Living in the Midwest, I see this more and more—old dilapidated barns, farm houses, out buildings and old windmills, in particular.

They dot the landscape like so many ancient wraiths. Soon they will have collapsed, fallen to the ground and will have disappeared into anonymity. Future generations will not even realize there were inhabitants on America’s vast plains.

The purpose of this blog is to preserve a once prominent way of American life. While I can’t do anything about the run-down condition of these American relics, I can at least preserve the fact that they once existed.

A number of old barns I have taken photographs of in years past have since disappeared. I have already reported on one of them in my fstop fantasy blog You will see this entry below.

I welcome your photographs of old barns, farm houses, out buildings and windmills, or anything else you can think of that will help keep this part of American before the public eye. You may send your submissions to .

Please include your name, location of the site, and any information you may have about the photograph(s). Try and keep your photographs under 500 KB each. Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

©2013 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

©2013 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

A couple of months later when I drove by, this is what it looked like:

©2012 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

©2012 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

Another piece of Americana has bitten the dust. Keep them coming in.


9 responses to “Barns Are a Disappearing Part of Americana

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  1. Admirable idea. Barnes in any condition are very ‘photogenic’. It IS a sad thing to see that niche of Americana disappearing. Be seeing you…

    • Thank you for your comment. I hope you’ll be sending in your photos of barns and anything else related to old, run-down farmsteads. Be sure to include your name (Gemma is fine), location and anything else related to the photos you care to submit. Appreciate your being here.

  2. These lovely old landmarks are disappearing in Canada too. Fortunately the farm where I now keep my horse still has a beautiful bank barn on it which, when the weather gets warmer, I’m going to have fun exploring with my camera. Here’s a link to a recent post Keep up the good work!

  3. Hi Cris. Thank you for your efforts to document the old barns in your area. Here in Madison, NH, the Friends of Madison Library are sponsoring an Old Barn Tour in July 2014 showcasing some of our almost fifty 100 year old barns. Check out our website


    • Thanks, Susan. I shall do that right now. It sounds like a fun trip. I assume you’ll be going on it.

      You’re always welcome to join my flickr Barns! Barns! Barns! with the URL in the post, or at least in the post that the link in the blog takes you to. I’m going to have to update that post with the link because I don’t think it is there.

    • It’s nice to see improvements being made to old buildings and made into something entirely different, like the Samuel Gilman Barn and the Forrest Barn. No such luck out here in the Midwest, although I’m sure there are some B&Bs around here somewhere made from old farm houses and barns. At least, I hope so.

      Looks like only seven barns on the tour. I was ready to do all fifty! 🙂

  4. Glad you liked the site, Cris. Actually, the Forrest Barn is now a private home still in the Forrest family. The barn is a wonderful huge old building with a cupola on top and a manure cellar underneath. The present owner remembers shoveling the manure out when he was a boy.

    Would love to have you add your comments on the site!

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