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