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Monday, March 28, 2011
Antique Stable and House circa 1900
I saw many farm houses with attached barns while driving through Germany and Austria a few years ago.
This swings open in one large door to reveal the interior.
The door into the hay mow doesn't open, but I feel the mow wold make a perfect sleeping loft if it was accessible.
I have yet to acquire animals to live in the stable, but now that I have this wonderful structure I will be on the look out for some.
These farmhouse/barns were not limited to Germany and Austria. When my ancestors emigrated from England to Canada in 1850, their first home on their backwoods farm was a combination barn/house. Unlike this one, my ancestors kept the animals on the ground floor level and lived on the floor above. The heat from the animals rose and helped keep the family warm during their first few Canadian winters. The bedrooms were open sleeping lofts above the living quarters. Again, for warmth from below. I was lucky enough to visit the farm that my ancestors built so long ago. I toured the lovely red brick Ontario farmhouse, built once they could afford it. For over a century there has been a magnificent traditional barn on the property. Both are beautiful, but I must say I was more interested in the the first building - the barn/house - still standing and quaintly decorated as an artist studio. It fired my imagination, and gave me a glimpse into my Great-great-grandmother's first taste of life in this new, uncharted country.
Posted by Shale at Monday, March 28, 2011