Our barn had a great history. Reportedly it was once the carriage house for the large white building at the corner of Main and High Streets, next to the Walker Funeral Home. Many years ago, probably before 1910, it was moved all the way to its current location at the end of Colorado Avenue. To move it the new owner (probably Bruno Hartmann) had to dismantle it completely, then move it board by board and beam by beam on horse-drawn wagons. The old construction involved pegs in addition to nails. The round wooden pegs and the old-fashioned cut nails were carefully removed, then re-used at the new location. I’m not sure what the wood was. Chestnut was the most common old wood, but this was likely something else.
Bruno Hartmann had a small farm, maybe about 70 acres, and he kept a few cows and sold milk to his neighbors in that small German community. The barn was about 30 by 30 with two large lofts connected by a smaller loft at the front of the building. The barn had to accommodate two or three cows, two draft horses, and lots of hay in addition to a small space for grain, tack, and tools. Continue reading