Thursday, May 17, 2012


All photos of barn residents by Jonathan Schechter

The letter came to me as a surprise. A township official had comments for me about my barn that has stood proudly on my property since the late 1850's, a remnant of our rich agricultural history.
It was noted in that letter my barn is "Abandoned"
It is not! 
Turkey vultures perch proudly on the metal roof after sunrise and catch the morning rays.
A nursing red squirrel stores black walnuts on the upper beams.
Screech owls perch in the corners and one day last winter a great horned owl paid a visit.
One, perhaps two, north flying squirrels live in a hole in a cracked beam.
And the meadow behind the barn provided cover for fawns last year and this year a young buck often naps on an old leaf pile adjacent to the barn.
Abandoned? You decide!

Fawns next to barn's stone foundation


Anonymous Lino Kosters said...

An 1850’s barn? That is cool! But sorry to hear about the notice. Maybe the way to make it look less like an abandoned place is to spruce up the place. Replace the roof and do some remodeling to make it look brand new and well-maintained.

January 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM 
Anonymous Lenore Lung said...

If your barn is not abandoned, then where did they get the idea that it was abandoned? Maybe you need to bring more life to your barn so that they won’t think that it is abandoned. I agree with Lino. Start with replacing your roof and do a total restoration of the barn.

January 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM 
Anonymous Joanne Barragan said...

You mean to say that your barn is not abandoned because animals of different kinds have been gathering here from time to time - did I get it right? Even an owl visits your barn? With all the animals in here, it is very clear to me that your barn is still “alive”!

February 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM 

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