PA Barns and Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania Barns

Barns around here are not only picturesque, but very large too.  Pennsylvania barns have a couple of unique characteristics.  The most distinguishing feature is the overshoot or forebay, an area where one or more walls overshoot its foundation.  Another feature is that they are usually built on a hillside or banked.  Where on one side ground level access is on a lower level than the other.  The other side is uphill and accesses the second story.  Not sure how they get to the third or fourth floors, like I said they are really large.

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But mostly they are just really cool and pretty.  Beautiful landscape around here and some cool barn decorations.

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Covered Bridges

All I can really say about covered bridges is that they are sooooo pretty and cool.  They are all wooden and usually from the 1800 so intended for horse and carriage usage not automobiles, therefore many are only for show and foot traffic these days, but some are still used, some have stoplights for one-way traffic.  They were initially covered to help protect the structure from the elements and extend the life of a wooden bridge.  Several in the area and all unique in their own way.

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We find it strange the most covered bridges and barns are painted the same shade of red??  Wondering if the local hardware stores have sales on “barn” red paint???  But the truth is that originally barns were not painted at all, but treated with oil to protect the wood.  Farmers learned that adding ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust, to the oil created a sealant to detract fungi and moss that would grow on the wood and trap moisture accelerating rot.  Adding rust to the oils gave it a reddish tint and thus began the tradition of painting barns (and bridges I guess) red.

Peace and Love!!!

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