Why are Barns Painted Red?......it's because

1. Red paint was on sale at the feed store
2. It's actually rust caused by mineral
     deposits in the wood
 3. Red kept mice and owls out of the barns 
see Why Barns Are Really Painted Red here
Audio recording as Taylor describes one of the last active tobacco barns in the county along with Jenn Nathan Orris of ASAP.   Hear how the barn was built with logs hauled by mules from a faraway mountainside  
Follow this link on our Resources Page (choose the last bullet under MADISON COUNTY OR ABA SPECIFIC): Jenn Nathan Orris tour with Taylor Barnhill
Barn Dismantled.............thanks to the ABA barn movers
Barely 6 weeks ago, the Floyd Wallin barn proudly stood in Shelton Laurel, as it had for at least 100 years. Today that barn has been dismantled and neatly stacked in storage awaiting a new home to be part of the Smith Farm farmstead in Mars Hill.
The ABA has spent about $7000 on the project, and logged a total of 250 man-hours of volunteer time. The donated time and equipment saved an estimated $5000-7000.
Thanks to the many volunteers who contributed their time to this project and special appreciation to: Larry Burda, who donated the barn, his time and Bobcat; to Taylor for his expertise; to Mike Foster for coordination; and to Rob Kraft, without whose time and equipment this project could not have been completed.

I DOUBLE DARE YOU - take the challenge and
read interesting stories on our Facebook pages. 
Take a peek HERE
How many barns are there in Madison County?
Ross Young once estimated that there were at least 11,000 barns in the county. But Taylor Barnhill figured 19,000 using the windshield method--that is the average number of barns you can count when driving 1 mile--five (5). Multiply that by 3,800 miles of county roads and you get 19,000.   Here’s their story..
and More Madison County barns stories here
Barn Memories
By the grace of God, I grew up on a small farm owned by grandparents in Southwest Virginia. Grandpa farmed with two big black mares, and I dogged his footsteps as long as he’d let me -- plowing; mowing, raking, and hauling hay, and even hauling logs. My sister and I helped him in the tobacco patch, picking the huge pale green tobacco worms Continue reading
Send us stories about your barn or memories from the farm that we could publish here and on our Facebook pages.  Use this link - My Barn Memories 
Don't let the COVID scare you - Take a Tour with Taylor
Taylor Barnhill is your guide as you drive to see some of the significant barns in the area and you follow him safely in the comfort of your own car. He stays in touch along the way by speaker phone to describe things to see along the route. Once at the barn sites, you are outdoors in the fresh air, which makes it a perfect family outing for this unfortunate time.   More details about the barn tour shown here

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will donate 0.5% of a purchase price on eligible AmazonSmile purchases. There is no change in your Amazon settings.  Go to smile.amazon.com and select Appalachian Barn Alliance as your go-to organization.  Last year, the ABA earned $113. With your help, we will double that amount this year.
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Appalachian Barn Alliance  •  PO Box 1441  •  Mars Hill, NC 28754-1441


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