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Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:32 pm

Following are pictures of an old tobacco barn near the frontage road on my farm. Too broken down to justify repairs. Construction is "post and pin" for those interested. Notice the posts are axe hewed. I expect it to fall soon. I have considered giving the wood to anyone who would dismantle it but thought it might be dangerous. It is leaning more now. Pictures were taken in the fall. Oddly, it is tiered off with 4x4 rails, older barns like this usually have tier poles. Bigfoot knows what I mean.


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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby ddd75 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:37 pm

i had one like that but about 2-3 times the size.. it was leaning real good. i had to yank about half the posts out with the tractor for it to fall over.. got it on video..
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:39 pm

ddd75 wrote:i had one like that but about 2-3 times the size.. it was leaning real good. i had to yank about half the posts out with the tractor for it to fall over.. got it on video..


The neighbor keeps telling me it will stand another 10 years. Lol

This one is 5 bins by 3 bins.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:19 pm

I would probably try to see if somebody wanted those hewed logs. The country side isn't littered with those any more. It'd be nice to know they lived on somewhere.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby TexasBred » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:27 pm

Looks like the frame is still in good shape.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby RiverHills » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:48 pm

TexasBred wrote:Looks like the frame is still in good shape.


That's what I was thinking. It don't look like the same condition from the outside.

You should try and get someone to reclaim some of the wood. Hate to see all the oldtimers hard work go to waist.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby littletom » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:20 pm

Those are worth a good bit of money in my neck of the woods. Several places buy the old wood. It goes to Nashville or N.C. to get made into high end flooring. The hewn logs also have dollar value. It has become a big problem in my area with old barn siding being stolen. Several barns have had whole sides taken off the back side you can't see from road by the meth heads. I see people going down the road all the time headed toward the local buyer. They have it sticking out of trunks or top of vans it crazy. This has taken the place since scrap iron went down. You could sell that standing here pretty quick. Where are you located?
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:28 pm

littletom wrote:Those are worth a good bit of money in my neck of the woods. Several places buy the old wood. It goes to Nashville or N.C. to get made into high end flooring. The hewn logs also have dollar value. It has become a big problem in my area with old barn siding being stolen. Several barns have had whole sides taken off the back side you can't see from road by the meth heads. I see people going down the road all the time headed toward the local buyer. They have it sticking out of trunks or top of vans it crazy. This has taken the place since scrap iron went down. You could sell that standing here pretty quick. Where are you located?


50 miles northeast of Lexington. Near Blue Licks State Park.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:36 pm

They are right Raven, there is value in the old gal yet.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Jogeephus » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:58 pm

I have a few around but they are taller and made of logs. Had a guy drop by today wanted to take them down for me. Been there and done that and all I got was nails in the cow's feet. If I take one down again its going in a deep hole.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby littletom » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:33 pm

I know they buy it in Greensburg and Sulphur Well Ky. I would think you could get the good on one big load. Could probly get you some numbers if you wanted to haul it 3 hours south. I would think there would be a buyer closer. You could sell it standing too but some guys don't come back after the get what they want.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bright Raven » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:07 am

littletom wrote:I know they buy it in Greensburg and Sulphur Well Ky. I would think you could get the good on one big load. Could probly get you some numbers if you wanted to haul it 3 hours south. I would think there would be a buyer closer. You could sell it standing too but some guys don't come back after the get what they want.


Thanks. When it gets dry, I am taking it down. There is a guy who will remove the tin for the scrap value. I would appreciate knowing where to take it to in Sulphur Well or Greensburg. Thanks.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:10 am

There's a great old cattleman in Greensburg I know named C. R. Mears. Doubt he'd know where to sell your barn wood though.h

I'd put an ad on Craig's with those pics on it and ask for bids.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby HDRider » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:14 am

There is a lot of reclamation value there, way more than you think.

I have one like that, and keep going round and round on how to deal with it.

My fear, as Jo mentioned, nails and such.

I want to take mine down to the poles (old power poles) and make a covered shed. Mine was maybe built in the 50s, with less skill that went into your barn.
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Re: Ancient Tobacco Barn

Postby Bright Raven » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:31 am

QUESTION:

Look at third picture down. That is a driveway through the barn. Has anyone seen a barn where the poles set on beams laying on the ground like That? If so, I assume it was a way to deal with the slope. This barn looks to me like it was built to fit the slope rather than leveled. Very odd construction strategy. I know they had early scrapers pulled by horses. Dad had one and I assume my older brother still has it.

HDRyder: Yes. I assume the final cleanup would be my responsibility. I am prepared to do that.
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