Barns of the Civil War: William Roulette

April 24th, 2018|Barns of the Civil War, History|

The Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 was the bloodiest day in American military history. Over 22,000 Americans were killed, wounded or captured on this day near the small farming community of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The fighting had started to the north of the farm owned by William and Margaret Roulette but made its way [...]

Preserving historic barns in America

April 19th, 2018|History|

As modern society progresses farmland is often the first to be lost to that progress. It is easy for an old farmhouse to be preserved and in some cases its demolition causes a public outcry. For the barns on that property there is very rarely the same outcry and because of that many barns are [...]

1818: A Look Back

March 22nd, 2018|History|

Since many of the barns that Aged Woods uses for reclaimed wood are between 100 and 200 years old it is interesting to take a look back at some of the events that were happening around the world when these structures were constructed. 1818 was a relatively peaceful time, unlike what would happen a century [...]

Found in a Barn: Rare Cracker Jack Baseball Poster

March 15th, 2018|Found in a barn, History|

Cracker Jack snacks are an iconic American food. Many people still enjoy the sweet tasting popcorn and nut delight and it has been associated most in Americana with the sport of baseball. Cracker Jacks are sold at many ballparks still to this day and are immortalized in the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” [...]

The wood of Valley Forge

March 1st, 2018|History|

In December 1777 the Revolution was not going well for the Americans. They had just surrendered their largest city (Philadelphia) to the British and the army was on the verge of disintegration. On December 19, George Washington lead about 12,000 men into winter quarters on a densely forested plateau near the small village of Valley [...]

Barns of the Civil War: Henry Spangler

February 27th, 2018|Barns of the Civil War, History|

The American Civil War was the most violent conflict this continent has ever witnessed. Central to many of the great and small battles were family farms and their barns. While many of these barns have been lost to time some of them still exist today. While they will never be used for reclaimed wood we [...]

George Washington, his white oak fort and how he started a world war

February 20th, 2018|History|

England and France were old enemies and in the 1750s that was no different. Both wanted to be the dominant power in Europe and to control all of North America. What would become Canada and the United States were rich in resources and by having total control of that territory that nation could control the [...]

Historic tree at the White House comes down

February 15th, 2018|History|

Late last year it was announced that one of America’s most historic trees, the Jackson magnolia that has stood by the south entrance to the White House, would be torn down. After a thorough investigation by arborists from the National Arboretum they came to the conclusion that the tree could not be sustained. It was [...]

Found in a Barn: The CIA forgets about documents in a barn

February 13th, 2018|Found in a barn, History|

Love them or hate them the CIA has done a lot to keep this country safe but they are one of the most mysterious organizations in the world. They are not perfect by any means and they do occasionally get forgetful. In recent times that led to a very embarrassing situation in New York. Head [...]

Cantilever Barns of Appalachia

February 6th, 2018|History|

The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in the nation. Scenic waterfalls and rushing rivers along with awe inspiring vistas help create memories that visitors will never forget. Located in the western end of the park is Cade’s Cove. Besides the picturesque scenery it also encompasses several old farms dating to the [...]