Olean, IN Barn
Reclaimed barn wood from Olean, Indiana just outside of Hope, Indiana.
Nestled in the hills of Olean, IN sits one hundred and twenty acres of rolling ground covered with horses still grazing, damaged homes creaking as the wind blows through their worn and tattered frames, and barns barely standing after many storms and tornadoes ripped through them challenging their strength and integrity. This land was sold to a couple looking to start a new life. They purchased the homestead and the land they would work until their death from John Quincy Adams’s family decades ago. After their passing their children and their children’s children took on the responsibilities and hardships that this land would bring to them. Now the beautiful family home and the historic barns stand in ruin.
These pieces of Reclaimed Lumber are treasures that contain not only the history that these iconic buildings pass along, but they send with them memories as well…memories of a simpler time when family and tradition were what life was built upon.
As you share your life together, let this vintage piece remind you of that family and their homestead.
The barns were built by hand with hard work and determination. The pinned hand hewn beams are a sign of the time period which they were joined together. Over the years they served the needs of the families that passed the land and the buildings down from generation to generation. Home to grain, animals, tobacco, or the old model T the buildings served many purposes.
Max and Alex are a great help. Max has learned to use a crowbar to remove tin, nails, and siding. Alex spends a great deal of time searching for treasures, antiques, and unusual items. It is such a joy to be able to spend time like this doing something I love and sharing that with my children. I want to teach them about the history of these barns and why it is important.
Nestled in the hills of Southern Indiana sets a home and three small barns that have withstood time and tornadoes while absorbing a century of history. The acreage was settled in the 1800's by Irish settlers looking to make a home for their family in a new land. The adventurous couple purchased over 600 acres from John Quincy Adams and started their new life.
Some buildings were victims of the two tornadoes that swept through the region, but yet they remain. Over the years time has taken its toll and now they are not needed or safe to leave standing. Reclaimed Barns and Beams will take these buildings down and pass their history on to those that want to keep it. The beams, floors, barn wood, and tin will make beautiful ceiling beams, fireplace mantels, farm tables and more.
In Olean, IN we started our day taking pictures of a beautiful old building built in 1880. It was originally used as a chicken house. The red paint remains as a reminder of the past care that it received. The remnants of the chickens nesting boxes are still hiding inside. The add on section was built to house an old Model T, the kind you had to crank to start. They added on to this building because it sat at the top of the hill, and when the car was hard to start, they could just give it a roll down the hill to get it start. The model T is long gone, but the building still stands. Underneath the rusted tin roofing were amazing 1x material. This will make beautiful tables, bar-tops, ect. Here are a few pictures of the work we did today.
Today these buildings are falling in and have been scavenged by people driving by looking for their own piece of history. Newspaper clippings from 1911 can still be found inside. The original wallpaper remains in places leaving the picture of the way things were. Antique hinges, door frames, and light fixtures still remain in parts of the buildings. If one looks close enough the image of decades of daily life still remain.