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Published on Feb 25, 2009
From what I have been told, this solid barn was hand built well over a 100 years ago with post and beam construction. I believe it was made out of chestnut. This barn was bought by my great grand parents and used to be in my family. My grand father had a small dairy farm with cows before and during "The War". My grandfather worked a regular 40+ hour/ wk job AND ran this small farm. (The barn and land is now owned and well maintained by my neighbor.) Located on Plank Road Hollow Road. Emporium, Pennsylvania.
The barn, spring house, tool shed and stream running along side have changed little over the years except that everything was painted white and the back and side sheds have been removed. Also, only a circle of rocks remains of the old silo made of brownish orange blocks.
The barn has always greeted people coming up the road and a great feeling comes over you as you realize that you have finally reached your destination...the wonderful memories of being there growing up as a child. The springhouse kept the milk ice cold! Even on the hottest days the water in the springhouse would numb your feet in seconds. (My mother and cousin Laurie know all too well!) When I was young I used to seek in to climb up and play in the hay loft which was full of loose hay.