This editor confesses, as a city boy, to loving barns. He really loves Wisconsin barns. Not the new, metal ones, though it is understandable why farmers are switching to them. But the classic barns, even ones fighting to stay upright, are a part of our culture here. Wisconsin has a rich history of barn architecture, and many in the state are faced with whether to preserve their barn or not. If I get a charge out of a barn I see, I flick it and post it.
Spotted this old guy on Hwy 161 northwest of Nelsonville in Portage County. She has seen her better days, but she still presents a wonderful photo and memory.
Well, this barn is a little ragged, could use some paint at some point, but she intrigued me. Built in 1900, it’s the KKJ Farm on the corner of CH D and Hagen Road in Buffalo County. I noted on the mail box that the Hagen family lives here. I like this barn.
Saw this house and its old barn on Hwy 83 next to the Tichigan State Wildlife Area. Neat! Here are some other shots of this old guy.
This was his partner out there alone.
The Rose Hill barn, built in 1918, Racine County as seen from Hwy 20 just west of I-94.
This barn scene is on Soppa Rd, off Hwy 95 east of Arcadia, Trempealeau County.
This was an exciting find. We were on Walnut Road somewhere between Red Rock and Wiota, Lafayette County, and out of no where here shows up this marvelous round barn, in a setting that would knock your socks off.
Look carefully, and you’ll see a little black dog just to the left of that clump of three small evergreens. This was a great area to explore, south Mindoro, on Hwy 108, we spotted this one on Severson Coulee Rd. Severson Coulee is a valley in La Crosse County.
This barn, and photo shot, is among my favorite, a smalll barn facility nestled among a corn crop, on Kate Ave. off Hwy 27 near Leon, Monroe County. The ride on Kate is a lot of fun. I recommend it.
She’s an old url, but lovely. Found her 4-mile Road in Marathon City, Marathon County.
We were on our way back to Wausau, with some sightseeing in between, and I have to tell you, you drive through that Illinois for hour after hour, and then come across this barn scene at W1063 in the Town of Rubicon, Dodge County, and first you know you are back in Wisconsin, and second you are really happy to be back in Wisconsin. This is classic Wisconsin all the way.
I fell in love with this barn and the whole scene instantly. She is on CH K outside Oconomowoc, Waukesha County. This barn is in the region of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Route and the Moraine itself.
Chase, Wisconsin is about 20 miles northwest of Green Bay in Oconto County. What has come to be known as the Chase Stone Barn was built in 1903 and is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the last surviving all-fieldstone barns in the country. The town is currently in the process of raising funds to help restore the barn and develop the park. The stones were gathered from local farm fields over a century ago, however their origin was Canada. Massive glaciers pushed and tumbled the stone to the Wisconsin region during three known ice ages over the past 70,000 years. Some of the stones are over 2 billion years old! We did a story about it. Go to story.
I’ll have to admit, this could be a house or a barn, or a large storage shed. I’m treating it as a barn, with a big “welcome”sign on her. It was located just outside Mindoro in La Crosse County, on CH VV just north of CH T.
This is the Nelson Homestead Dairy Farm, a H.L. Everson Property, nicknamed, we think, “Sjaahem.” In Lafayette County, she is on CH G just north of Hwy 81.
K/K Farm on CH O between CH N and Hwy 29, Marathon County, btween Marathon City to the west and Wausau to the east. Hard to get more pretty a setting than this.
I spotted this old barn on the corner of Marathon Rd. and CH NN just east of Marathon in the county by that name. It was in a gorgeous setting, too good to simply pass by without a photo shoot and a breath of fresh air.
Ken Christian grew up in Wausau, left a long time ago, and has lived in London for some 19 years, but comes back to Wausau a couple times each year to visit his brother. He came across this web site and conveyed how he loves to roam the countryside here and take images as well. He alerted us to this round barn on 60th Ave. south of Marathon CH A in the town of Maine. I went out to take a look, and it was fun. This barn was moved in 2006 from its original location about a half-mile away and is now part of Willow Springs Gardens, a growing effort to preserve our history. This barn is over 100 years old and is undergoing a rehab effort.
Heading north on CH A in Wood County, in the Village of Richfield, south of Hwy 10, I came across this old barn. I had never seen one like this. It sure caught my attention. So much so I pulled into the drive, dying to see what was on the other side. A man emerged from his home, I explained who I was, apologized for bothering him, but asked him if I could see the other side of the barn. He walked me over to it, shut the garage door, and I shot this next shot.
Old historic barn on Elm Rd near Park Ave, Shawano. I did a story about this barn --- A most interesting old barn in small town Hutchins. I commend it to you.
This round barn is at Schuster's Playtime Farm at 1326 Hwy 12 & 18, in Deerfield, Dane County, east of Madison. It was built in 1903 and has been through many rough times due to the weather. The Schuster family is renovating it to preserve it. I have done a story about this barn and commend it to you.
This is what is known as an "old fashioned barn raising," on Craig Road in Edgerton, Dane County. The red barn is on land now owned by Dan and Connie Bussey. They are renovating it, but needed more room. So he hooked up with Craig "The Rooster" Roost who specializes in old barns. Craig found an old barn falling out of use, disassembled it, carted it over to this land, and he and his team of volunteers is reassembling it and connecting it to the red barn, he old way, beam by beam. Quite a feat. Look up Craig Roost on Facebook and you'll see some great photography.
I call this the "see through barn." I spotted her near Antigo, Langlade County, but forgot to write down where. If memory serves, I saw her on CH H which runs parallel to Hwy 45 through Antigo.
I'm a soft touch for red barns, especially when portrayed against the white snow and blue sky. This one, originally built in 1908, over 100 years ago, appears to have been refurbished. It is on CH D, south of Norrie in Marathon County, very close to the junction with CH OO.
Opper's Mallard Acres, State Road, Birnamwood, Shawano County is about as picturesque as you can get. If I were a guessing man, I would say that "in the day," the little attachment to the left might have served as the quarters for the farm while the larger building served as the barn. Today there is a family home to the right and out of the photo. Neat!
Here's a farm view that anyone can fall in love with, outside Columbus in Columbia County on Hwy 73. The setting is the first to grab you, then the dark color offset by the white trim. The larger barn is in need of a roof job, but wonderful to look at nonetheless, all next to a growing cornfield.
This old barn is most interesting, found on Hwy 73 north of Edgarton in Dane County. Today it serves as a Fireplace and Flooring Professionals business center. It is called a "gambrel roof" barn. A gambrel roof generically means that it has two sides, one with a shallower slope above the steeper one. The beek overhang at the end, or roof projection, provides extra protection when working through the doors top side. Usually there are no internal walls or posts, increasing the space upstairs.
This is a fairly famous barn, we call it "The Oil Barn," located on Hwy 52 heading out of Wausau, Marathon County. Quite appropriate for today, a reminder of what built this country and what we need much more of from our own shores.
We call this the CH X Barn, located on, yes, CH X in Monroe County, west of Cashton. CH X west out of Cashton is a "must drive" on a bright wonderful day. This is a dazzling area of hills and greens. This was April 2008. Much of the wonder of this barn is its setting. You want to buy it and live in it right away.
This is the "1910 Barn," on CH M in LaGrange, Monroe County. Unlike many other farms we saw in this, April 2008, this farm had a full bin of corn. The hilly setting for this farm is terrific.
Justin Trails, outside Sparta, Monroe County, is today a B&B resort of fabulous quality. We stayed there. The owners rent the land and this barn to others who farm the surrounding lands, which are themselves magnifico.
These two photos are fun. Riding along Hwy 34 toward US 10 in Portage County, we came across these mighty old farm structures that were simply too neat to pass by. They stand in a field near a more modern home and office of White Lily Welding in Eau Pleine. Love 'em.
This is the Wahl Farm barn, built in 1901, just about on the corner of Mondeaux Dr. and CH D in central Taylor County, close to Mondeaux Flowage.
She's small, but she's out there, in Richland County's Western Uplands.
We call this the Blenker Barn, because she sits in the Town of Blenker on CH F in Wood County. She looks like a Fieldstone barn topped off with wood.
Spotted this barn on a mighty cold winter day in Price County, on Hultman Lake Road. We call her the Hultman Barn.