One day Kyle said "here I have something for you" and handed me a well worn and rusty horseshoe. They found several of these in the walls of the barn as they tore them down. He gave me one and they put the rest of them back in the walls as they rebuilt them. This shoe had to have come from a horse that was used at the time the barn was built (1850's). It will hang in a place of honor in the barn.
After the walls were rebuilt, drain tiles were placed around three sides of the barn. The white pipe in the picture is the tile.
Stones were placed over the tile to add to the drainage. The barn sits near a large spring not far from Liberty Creek, which runs through the center of the farm.
There was lots of outside work but there was just as much going on inside. A new floor that covers the entire upper level of the barn was put in and many support beams had to be replaced. Some of the new support beams came from a dairy barn (built in 1916) that was on the property and was taken down before the house was built. Walnut was a common wood used in that barn but then walnut likes to grow here so why not!
Denny is putting in the new windows, they make the windows themselves, back at their shop.
WHAT IS THAT GUY DOING?
He is working on the inside of one of the windows at the peak of the barn (don't think those will get washed very often).
A close fit!!! The dirt floor on the lower level had to be dug out and replaced with gravel. They made the one lower level doorways just large enough to get the "Bobcat" through.
A close up view of the hoist that had to be built to move the stones and mortar. The materials are placed in the red pan and then hoisted up to the work area. Not fancy but it helped to get the job done.
Work continues on the upper level of the barn. Here is the hoist again.
Almost done with the south wall.
Just about to finish the rebuilding of the stone wall. The white tent is being used to store the dry mortar.
The last stones are being put in (a view from inside the barn) place. Yeah!!