Monday, March 26, 2012

Kentucky Barns...Red Is Rare


Barns in Kentucky are commonly painted black as are fences, particularly on horse farms. Tobacco barns are usually also black, although tobacco barns aren't as common as they once were. Red barns are fairly rare in Kentucky unlike my native state of Michigan where red is a common color. At least it used to be. I haven't lived there in many years. I managed to find some red in Kentucky and it has nothing to do with our necks.





This is an old corn crib. Not that common in itself in this state.





This little red barn comes complete with a red wagon. Well, red and blue.






This isn't actually a barn, but it's shaped like a barn and it's red, so there you go. Perhaps it's an old well house or some sort of cold storage building.



Linking to Barn Charm


38 comments:

Carole M. said...

very quaint and tidy too; looks good in it's setting; also the little one maybe does store supplies.

darlin said...

Fantastic photos Brian, I love that old wagon! We used to call the cold storage the root cellar back on the farm when I was a very young girl, how that came to mind I have no idea.

Have a great week!

Linda said...

What nice photos! I remember, when we were traveling in Kentucky, that the barns were not usually red...but they are usually well maintained, especially when associated with horses! I loved traveling the KY countryside looking at the horse farms, and the miles and miles of beautifully maintained fences! Always a nice visit to your blog!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Is there a purpose for painting the barns black? I like the little red barn with the wagon.

Amy Burzese said...

Simply wonderful!

TexWisGirl said...

really nice! red always stirs my Wisconsin heart, too. my favorite is the first one w/ that great roof, stone foundation and perfect barn wood. and the corn crib - almost never see them here, and i love the slatting and the shape. hope you don't run out of these any time soon...

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful!
Love the wagon.
Red barns are common here.
Have a great week.
Mette

Deb said...

those are really cool barns..I'm sure there aren't any rednecks in Kentucky...there's not any in Texas either...lol

Deb said...

those are really cool barns..I'm sure there aren't any rednecks in Kentucky...there's not any in Texas either...lol

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful barns photos! I am in Ky too! Joann

Madge Bloom said...

Nicely kept too. My guess is like yours Brian, a pump house or a can house for food storage. Can't be a spring house there's no running water coming out of it!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Well my goodness, I did NOT know that about the barn color. I learned something, thanks to you and your post. I love the old antique vehicle inside the open 'breeze way'.

barbara l. hale said...

Great batch of red barns! Love the shape of that second one (the corn crib).
Good luck to the UK Wildcats. I think they are going all the way. Must be interesting in Kentucky with them playing Louisville. I will probably cheer for Ohio State though since I grew up in Ohio. That is, if they survive...

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love the red barns- my favorite!
You took some great shots- the fence makes a nice frame for it too.

Martha Z said...

I don't think I've ever seen a black barn, weathered gray, yes, but not black.

Rose said...

Wonderful images...I love the fresh green in the first but I really like them all a lot.

Mari said...

Great barns! I love all the red and especially like the last little shed you posted.
We were in Kentucky last month and I posted a red Kentucky barn today too. We have no black barns in Michigan and we really liked your black barns - very classy!

Gillian Olson said...

Love those red barns, especially the one with the little red wagon.

Elaine said...

Lovely series of shots! I especially like that red and blue wagon. Glad to see they've got it under cover.

Mama Zen said...

These are lovely!

Marie said...

Such charming structures! The red stain is wonderful! And I love that awesome wagon! No problem about the mention...I really like your blog and wanted to spread the word about you as well as the boots!

Kathy said...

You found some good ones for this week's submission. I think I love that little building built into the side of the slope the best. And I'd love to take a ride in that wagon!

Lisa said...

Oh my just gorgeous. Each one. I just wish we had somethings like that in and around my area.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos Brian! I love the one with the blue wagon. I did not know that most barns in Kentucky are black. Most here in Minnesota are red.

Faye said...

Is this barn at Shakertown, Brian? Remember seeing one with a wagon parked under the "breeze way" as Anni called it when there for a Christmas visit. Too bad we don't have more of these red barns--they show well against our KY green.

Nancy Claeys said...

So well-cared for -- looks like the owners are doing their best to keep it in good shape. Really very pretty shots.

Tanya said...

you managed to find quite a bit of red! love that cute little well house, or whatever it is :)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! They're all so nice & neat, well maintained properties!

Black barns are extremely rare around here, but red is very common... strange how it's the opposite in Kentucky & not that far from here.

Thanks a million for joining =)

Kim, USA said...

Very neat place and the barn are well maintained. The last barn my hubby said they used to store potatoes and other veggies in winter in this kind of barn because it remains cold all the time. And also bricks of ice I forgot what they do with ice. ^_^ Great find thanks for sharing.

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Debbie said...

what great finds brian, i am partial to red. i am also surprised that these farms are so neat and tidy....that really stands out.

i like the barn that "wasn't" and the little red wagon!!

Genie said...

What a wonderful barn this week. The way it sits on the property is so nice...fine paint job, and in use. It ought to be around for a long time to come. I see lots of the sone structures built back into a hill. Some are used a root cellars, and I have seen some that are used as spring houses. Whatever the use, they are gorgeous old structures of times gone by. Thanks for your comments on my blog. genie

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

These are beautiful photos! I didn't know that about the black. We don't have many here in MO. We have a lot of red barns and a few rednecks, too. :D Have a great day!

thirdhandart said...

Marvelous photos Brian! Love the red corncrib, but they're all gorgeous farm structures. And, the vividly colored moss growing on the stones is very enchanting. Great captures!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Red is the theme for these charming barns Brian! Love the little stone building built into the side of the hill. Shake roof too? And the red charmer with the wagon is charmed for sure. The shape of the corn crib is unique. My favorite is your fifth shot!

Nancy said...

These structures are all so charming, and so well maintained. Kentucky is such a pretty state. I love the horse farms around Lexington. You photographed some lovely "reds". Nicely done.

Linnea said...

There's nothing better than red colored barns! Great finds! Thanks for visiting mine. Enjoy the week!

Beth said...

wow, what a great grouping of "red" barns. such great finds. love the stone work on the last little barn. i will be linking up next week. missed out due to being in disney world. take care. (:

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

You've made my head hurt today. I had to sit here and think about our local barn colors, hahah. I've come to realize our barns tell who lives in which county. One of our counties is the home to the Amish, which have all white barns. The rest of the counties, that are non-amish, all have red barns with white trim. hmmmm.