There are only a few similar barns
which are historical and lovely,
built in a series along water.
~Check out last week’s ~
I found someone
who is a local
She is someone who
is close to my friend, Karen.
Her expertise is due to working
as a Garth’s auctioneer, specializing
in authentication, identifying true
and valuable antiques and pricing
for auctions held in, “Garth’s Barn.”
Recently, the business asked if
our local Historical Society
would like to co-own
the famous barn.
Here is a summary of what
Susie discussed with and taught me:
“There are three barns, Garth’s
is the one for years used as a popular
place for auctions. They were built
~ in 1820 ~
The barns are considered to be
~ Federal style ~
The Meeker family built barn
and the brick house affiliated
with the barn, where they lived.”
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*The fancy house I promised to
feature is called the Janes’ House.
It will wait till next week since
this post series is about the barns.*
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The barn symbols are “hex signs,”
and Susie the historian says,
“There is no such thing as
Pennsylvania Dutch, except as a
‘collector’s term’ (expressed with
a distinctive tone of ‘disdain.’)
She prefers “folk art” or “hex” symbols.
Delaware, Ohio was settled by Germans.
The barns are considered “typical”
for the area of the Whetstone
milling community. The barns
also had a history of fires;
Garth’s was rebuilt in the 1840’s.
Stratford on the Whetstone
was actually a small town
or village built along the
river where a water mill may
have been used for making flour.
She got me excited about building
“remains” of cottages, church
and a one room schoolhouse!
This Thursday’s Doors are original
barn doors, with windows where
horses could look out at
winding dirt pathway.
The close-up of barn doors
will follow this introduction.
I will display Delaware’s logo
for their historical society.
Also, my favorite part of the
antique barn: the elegant design
created with neutral stones
with diamond shaped
pattern in brick red.
Here’s a blog which focuses
on doors, along with other subjects
written by Norm Frampton, there
are “blue frogs,” which are
links to international doors:
Thanks for checking out our
local barns from the 1800’s!