Barns of the Civil War: Daniel Klingle

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 [...]

November 21st, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Wooden nicknames: not always a good thing

Trees symbolize many things like strength and majesty. They soar above the heads of man, and for many years in the early days of our country our buildings as well. Given the uses that mankind has had for the tree it was sure to inspire a nickname or two over time but not as many [...]

November 16th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

A Citroën prototype found in a barn

The Nazi conquest of Europe came quickly in 1940. That meant that many French companies had to destroy the fruits of their labor lest they fall into German hands and be used against them. The car manufacturer Citroën decided it did not want to destroy the prototype of their next vehicle, the 1939 Deaux Cheveaux [...]

November 14th, 2017|Found in a barn, History|

Railroad ties

Wood is one of the most important components in the history of transportation. Nearly every mode of transportation up until modern times has used wood in one way or another, from wooden wheels to wooden ships. Iron began to change all of that and nothing was more monumental in changing the course of history then [...]

November 9th, 2017|History|

The Royal Oak

The English have had some unique holidays. One in particular celebrates a day when someone tried to blow up Parliament (Guy Fawkes Day). Another, Royal Oak Day, or Oak Apple Day celebrates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. There is a reason it is called Royal Oak Day, though it is not particularly heroic. [...]

November 7th, 2017|History|

Wilmer McLean and his farms

Few could say that they were present at the first major battle of the Civil War near Manassas, Virginia in July 1861 and at its close at Appomattox, Virginia in April 1865. A handful of senior officers can say they were, on the Union side generals Romeyn Ayres, Joseph Bartlett, Charles Griffin, Henry Hunt, James [...]

November 2nd, 2017|History|

Rare French car collection found in a barn

One never knows what may lie in an old barn. Sometimes it is nothing more than dust, mice and bird droppings but on occasion the find can be extraordinary. That is what Artcurial’s Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff came upon in a barn in western France in 2014. The owner of the barn had died [...]

October 31st, 2017|Barnyard fun|

America’s oldest barn is where?

Believe it or not, we here in the United States may not know where our oldest barn is located. Our oldest farms date from the 1610s in Charles County, Virginia to the 1630s in Concord, New Hampshire and Ipswich, Massachusetts but the original barns do not survive. There is a barn in Pennsylvania where the [...]

October 26th, 2017|History|

Barns of the Civil War: Joseph Sherfy

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 [...]

October 24th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Covered Bridges, more than just a tourist attraction

Wood is one of the most abundant resources on the planet. It is strong, durable and capable of holding heavy loads. It should be no surprise that wood was used as one of the world’s first materials to make bridges. Some of those bridges are engineering marvels and many others are tourist attractions like the [...]

October 19th, 2017|Barnyard fun|