This historic photo shows two barns in the background that were built in the mid 1800s and still stand on our property. The dairy barn in the near background was used in livestock operations. The tobacco barn in the distant background was built to dry tobacco. See our efforts to save these barns in the following photos.
Barn Restoration Project
This is the Valley View Foundation tobacco barn in 2003 after we completed some brush clearing so we could see the barn. It had been abandoned for about 20 years before that time.
This is another photo of the tobacco barn before restoration work began.
The roof of the barn was damaged years ago and allowed weather to rot this end of the barn. We had to rebuild much of the structure including replacement of several locust tree columns with new locust tree columns matched to the original construction.
This shows the south end of the tobacco barn after we rebuilt the rotted structural pieces and siding on the south end of the barn.
As can be seen, the roof of the barn was damaged years ago and allowed weather to rot this side of the barn. We rebuilt much of the structure on this side of the barn as well, replaced the siding and put a new roof on this side of the barn.
This shows the east side of the tobacco barn after the structure and siding have been restored. The roof was replaced in 2009, doors were added and we now use the barn for various activities, including our Haunted Hayrides event during the Halloween season when the barn becomes "haunted."
This shows the east side of the tobacco barn today with a new roof and fully enclosed siding."
This picture shows the Dairy Barn after we removed brush and accessed the east side. You can see that the barn was nearing complete collapse at that time. It was shored up temporarily at that time until Valley View secured funding to buy the property and to begin restoring the barn.
This is the condition of the Diary Barn as we began structural restoration in 2009.
Here you can see the Dairy Barn after it was jacked up, braced and had new columns installed to replace those that had rotted from years of neglect. Compare the roof line and elevated floor in this photo to the two prior photos to see the extent of work we had to do to save this barn from collapse.
Here you can see the Dairy Barn after restoration. We are now working to locate weathered barn siding to enclose this side of the barn with a series of doors that can be opened to eventually allow for bluegrass and other bands to play on the upper level while the audience enjoys an outdoor concert on our grounds. Educational uses are also planned for this barn.
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