Sad for loss of historic barn
The April 25 edition of The News-Review carried an interesting piece about an historic barn in the Days Creek area. The article included a marvelous photo of the building, the surrounding area of fences, the hillside, and the beautiful afternoon sky.
But the article was not about anything lovely or pleasing to the soul. It concerned the owner’s desire for permission to have that grand structure demolished.
The very reason that permission was necessary, in many ways, explains why it shouldn’t be granted. The barn, which was built in 1888, is on the National Historic Register. According to The News-Review, the barn was built entirely by hand.
The nails — all made in a blacksmith shop — were used only in the door frames and roofing. Everything else was fitted together.
Recently in the Smithsonian Magazine, I read about the Battle of Bunker Hill, which most people consider the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Nowadays it is impossible to identify exactly where Bunker Hill actually was, due to the many fill-ins of waterways and tearing away of hills over the years.
All were accomplished perhaps to create more space for the new generations; however, they are the very ones who never got a chance to see the true Bunker Hill. That situation so reminds me, in a local way, of the blight of the Days Creek barn.
When I read in The News-Review on April 28 that permission has been given for demolition of the barn, I was shocked and extremely saddened. Losing the building is not simply getting rid of an old object in the way. The materials, the workmanship, the architecture — all are from a bygone era, one of which most of us will never see, or know.
Kari A. Clark