The Barn - Passing of an
County Ohio was effectively born at the turn of the
19th century. Much of Monroe County
is rough, hilly land sculpted by the advance of the ice-age glacier that once
covered much of Ohio.
As Ohio was being settled Monroe County
was largely bypassed for nearly a century in favor of the more fertile and
level farmlands in the central and northern part of the state. Yet, it
was farmers who finally settled in Monroe
The farms that were carved from the Monroe County
countryside were reflective of the harsh and difficult lives of the farmers.
Barns were built almost exclusively from the unpainted wood that was readily
available from the omnipresent forests. Livestock formed the basis for most
farms and provided milk, meat, and animal labor for the farmers. The barn was
at the center of most farming activity.
Many of the Monroe County
barns built in the 19th and early 20th centuries still remain. But many are
rapidly drafting into oblivion and others will soon follow. With them will go the passing of an era.
The following is a pictorial story of the
demise of one such barn. This once proud
barn was originally built about 1883 by Joel and Martha (Thomas) Jones, grandparents
of Dorothy Bayes. Having served its purpose as the focus of the
Joel Jones farming business, it passed Joel’s son, Homer E. Jones, who used it
in the cattle business until about 1985.
It was mostly idle for the next 15 years and as with most idle buildings
suffered the wrath of the elements and neglect.
In 2008 the decision was made to dismantle the barn. The following photos depict the dismantling
and salvage of the parts.
The end of ‘life’ for a proud 125-year-old barn
Salvaging the siding
A section removed
Open to daylight after 125-years
More daylight and fresh air
Most of the siding removed from the top section
Top section pulled over
Lower section standing
Lower section under main floor of barn
Vertical supports for main floor of barn
Salvaged main floor beams
Removing main floor of barn
Removing final beams
Ground floor littered with refuse
Key holder made from old siding scrap
One of the pegs used to connect beams
Provided by: Dorothy
Text by: Dick Harrington
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