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Barn22.JPGRound barns are making a come back. Not that farmers are building new round barns. No today, with all of the heavy equipment, round barns don’t make sense the way they did a hundred years ago. Today’s diesel tractors can move more hay in five minutes than one farmer could in an hour by hand. So this isn’t a comeback in the way of building new barns.
This is a come back more in the form of interest. Farmers are becoming more and more aware of how rare their barns are, and are once again starting to take care of them or even remodeling them. Look at the pictures of the barn on this page and you can see all the time, effort and money that is being put into these old barns. This barn has a new cedar shake roof and windows. These not only add to the visual appeal of this barn, but also its value. Look carefully at the photos of the interior wood and you can see that these timbers are being made to look new again.Barn26.JPG
Everything about the barn in these pictures says, “Look at me.” This barn is obviously being lovingly cleaned up and restored. This will hopefully keep this barn going so that it can live for at least another hundred years.
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Round barns are so unique that they are starting to be used as shops or other businesses. For example, in Northern Indiana, a round barn once owned privately by a farming family, was graciously given to a historical resort called, Amish Acres. Amish Acres would use this round barn to create a popular theater where plays are performed. Visitors from all over the counrtry visit Amish Acres and the Round Barn Theater each year. Notice the Amish Acres Round Barn Theater picture below. external image exterior_round_barn.jpg
(Amish Acres information & picture added by: Michele Linn)







The shape of these barns really catches your attention and becomes the hallmark of the farm or community. The impact they have can be seen in how many of them are on roads named for the barn. The roads that run by these barns are often called “Round Barn Road.”
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