Our house was built in 1920 or so, records aren't that great from that era. The barn seems to have likely come a little later. The family we bought Red Gate Farm from has been great at sharing old pictures with us.
Like this one of the barn, probably from the 40's or 50's. The Honrud Family, which we purchased our farm from, was the second family to own Red Gate Farm. The Honrud "sons" in their late 60's up to 80's are who owned it when we bought the farm. Their parents, Ludwig and Bea, moved here early in the 40's. The beautiful Mother's Day Rhododendron I have shown before, well Ludwig bought that for Bea. Sadly, Ludwig went out to the barn to check on the cows one day and died, in the barn, it was a heart attack. Bea lived here for many more years. Her youngest son, Stan lived here until the 60's when he married and moved "across the street", were he still lives with his wife Betty. Stan's older brothers all moved back to Montana and sometime in the later 70's, Red Gate Farm became a rental home.
One night early in 2004, the southeast corner of the barn gave way under the weight of hay left on the second floor. The barn had fallen into disrepair.
When we came along in the summer of 2004, it was again a rental property. We moved in a week before Christmas 2004.
My husband and son quickly set about cleaning up debris, blackberries, hay, dead rodents, you name it..
Getting ready to restore the barn to her former glory..
Load after load of beams and wood... hours and hours of work.
All came tumbling down, in one November windstorm.
Another clean up began.
A new barn rising from the same footprint of the old.
As you can see, many a season went by.
Early in 2010, the shell was complete.
I'm thinking, Summer of 2011, will all be about the paint. Barn red paint that is... but I think me and my paint brush will be staying on the lower half.
Chris at Red Gate Farm
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