Guest Bloggers: Richard & Dee Meyer and their ‘Ole Red Barn’
Apr 06, 2016in on on
This barn was built in 1927 for Carl Thomsen , great nephew of Richard L. Meyer, for use for horses, cows, and hogs at the cost of $3000.00. The barn housed stud horses that were well known in the area. Two of the original stud books from 1932 and 1934 are still in the family. Service was $10.00. The barn is still used for horses to this day; our granddaughter is the fifth generation to use it.
We started the restoration three years ago, rebuilding window frames, windows and siding. The cupola was also rebuilt. All of the family was involved in working on the barn. Our son Mark did the re-stripping of old paint, all of the roof repair, resealing and painting, along with the electrical rewiring of the barn. Our other son Jason and his wife Ashley did the inside cleaning along with decorating with vintage artifacts. In the hay loft all of the working mechanisms are still intact. The hay grapple has been turned into a chandelier.
Since restoration we have been privileged to host the Kansas Barn Fest last September for the Kansas Barn Alliance. We had a BBQ and an old-time dance; there were guests in attendance from four states! We have since opened up the barn for weddings and dances. We enjoy showing the barn to visitors. The compliments we receive make all the work worthwhile. We have even been featured in the Emporia Gazette and the Grass & Grain.
This has been quite the family project and has been paid for by private resources, no grant money was used.
Richard & Dee Meyer
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