inside the barn

I posted this picture recently, snowdrivep. The outside of the barn. Hard to tell, but it’s about 8 feet from where you stand on the driveway and where you walk into the house.

The family who lived here before us bought the house in 1955. At that time the driveway went up to the house and barn, and the portion of the house with the deck in front was a carport. (it’s now called ‘the breezeway’). There were 6 kids (the youngest are in their mid-40′s now and live nearby), so they dropped the driveway… something about the kids riding their bikes hell bent for leather into the street. Somebody at some point parked in the barn (based on the oil spot). The barn also in the past held at least a few animals. One of the boys told me that when they dug out the driveway, they found a horse’s skeleton. Imagine… it must have died in the barn, and they just shoved it out into the hole. I suspect the kids played with parts of the skeleton, because I found a horse’s tooth in the front flower beds. Sometimes you can still catch a faint whiff of animal.

The inside barn door,
Notice what looks like a rat hole chewed in the corner next to the door. Oh, and the flourescent paint hand print… remnant of a halloween when we tried to scare all the visitors.

General chaos inside, and the ladder to the loft.

If you stood inside the barn and looked up, you would see boards like these,
barncogancod barncogan

And up in the loft, two of the cross pieces (that mostly hold wood now) are like this,
jjh2 jjhaug1

This cracks my dad right up. He said, it got so damned cold one winter that they just started ripping up the barn to burn… and then replaced its parts¬†with packing crates. Some of the floorboards in the attic also have a name and address on them…..

John J Hennessey bought the house in 1907. At some point it transferred to a daughter, who sold it in 1948. No idea who Cogan is, perhaps a business acquaintance. I believe Hennessey was a plumber, there are lots of cubbies along the walls with labels like this, barnellnip

There are also what look like shopping lists for construction supplies, (more of these on the flicker link)


The family before us left some travel posters

Being biologists, we’ve added our own bent to the barn,

whale rib, cow skull, cow moose skull

barnbones barnalligator

The rest of the barn pictures are here.

Forgot, b is also for birthday sweater. Not. Done.

And I know that the bio geeks out there are wanting to know this… A recent discussion on the moss list serve (Bryonet) is about dung mosses and their spore dispersal. The talk is that prior to being totally ready for dispersal, the spore capsules may have a sweet aroma attractive to certain types of flies. And maybe something about some of them looking like berries and having some attraction to birds. And then the capsules give off a different odor, foetid, to attract the flies that will afterwards land on fresh moose dung… allowing the moss to begin its growth cycle, which if you compare a moss to a man, you’d mostly be seeing testes and the tiny dusty part would be the man. Um, that sounds bad, but who wants to hear about haploid and diploid??????

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    deb said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    I love old barns – thanks for sharing. Now I have to go erase all my grocery lists which I’ve carelessly written on all my walls. It’s hard as heck carrying them to the store too….

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    Chris said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    Dang, we never had anything as interesting in our old farm buildings.

  3. 3

    mollybee said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

    Cool moose skull! Did you find it yourself? And the whale bone. I love stuff
    like that but hubby has put the kybosh to me lugging dead stuff home.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    Thanks, as always, for the post – I love houses with histories!!

  5. 5

    Debby said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 9:54 am

    Yes, it is fun to read the history of a house, like archaeology without all the digging in this case.

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    olga said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 11:26 am

    cool barn, everything is so darn interesting where you live!! I’m moving…

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    Emily said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    I love old barns. My grandparents had one that was old and falling apart and his wood shop was in it and it was just wonderful. When Grandpa wanted to make a nice frame for a picture or a crossstitch or something, he’d go out and take some of the weathered old boards and make one, and those frames are just so neat. They have old nails or staples stuck in them.

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