World’s oldest barns

The three oldest barns in the world are all located within a few miles of each other in Central England. These barns all date to Medieval times and some are linked to the Knights Templar. There will be no conspiracy theories mentioned here (sorry Dan Brown) but we’ll take a moment to look at some [...]

January 19th, 2017|History|

Great events that happened in a barn: Great Chicago Fire

You’ve probably heard the story of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Legend has it that a cow in the barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary kicked over a lantern and ignited the blaze. Two days later up to 300 people were dead, 17,450 buildings were destroyed and 100,000 people were homeless in the fire [...]

January 17th, 2017|Great events that happened in a barn, History|

A giant has fallen

Sad news came out of California last Sunday. One of America’s great national treasures, the Pioneer Cabin Tree or the Tunnel Tree has fallen. The giant sequoia, which resided in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, was one of our nation’s most famous trees. It was a true giant, measuring 33 feet in diameter, so big [...]

January 12th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

From humble barn to Hollywood

While most barns have common characteristics, each have their own unique history and story to tell. Most have only been part of family farms and have never witnessed great historical events but yet they epitomize the life that their owners chose to live and the local history they have witnessed. Today we profile one humble [...]

January 10th, 2017|History|

The Loblolly Pine

The loblolly pine, or pinus taeda, is a species of pine found in the southeastern United States ranging from Texas to Florida and extending north to Delaware and New Jersey. It is the second most common species of tree in the United States after the red maple and is the most commercially important tree in [...]

January 5th, 2017|Loblolly Pine, Types of Wood|


Barns are large buildings and therefore hard to miss from the highway. In the early days of automobile travel, before those large metal posts that now dot our modern highways, barns were our nation's first billboards. Common in the Midwest and Southeastern portions of the United States, the most common early advertisements were for tourist [...]

January 3rd, 2017|History|

Hoedown or hootenanny?

Many rural communities of yesteryear lacked suitable public buildings to use for public gatherings. So, when they wanted to have a hoedown or a hootenanny, where would they go? Find a farmer and ask if they could use their barn! The barn dance has been around for centuries dating back to Europe. The tradition continued [...]

December 29th, 2016|Barnyard fun|

Is your barn door closed?

Guys, isn't it great to be able to void our bladders while standing up. It's not bragging, it's just a fact. Of course we get forgetful sometimes and don't close our fly. There are many humorous things that can be said to make you aware of that fact. For the healthy eater we all know [...]

December 27th, 2016|Barnyard fun|


Trees are some of the oldest known living organism on the planet. Surviving on this planet for 385 million years, only a handful of organisms live longer lives, mostly sponges, coral, and bacteria. Trees have survived nearly every disaster this planet has seen and there are trees on this planet that have been alive for [...]

December 22nd, 2016|World's Oldest Trees|

Hardwood floor care tips from Bona

You're using Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner now. That's great! Here is also what Bona recommends to help keep your Aged Woods reclaimed hardwood floor looking great. Dust or sweep daily with a microfiber mop or cloth to help protect from scratches and other surface damage. Microfiber pads use static electricity to trap particles on the [...]

December 20th, 2016|Caring for Your Hardwood Floor|