Barns Page One March 3, 2002

Barns of Wolffork Valley and Surrounding Area

Preface by J. Harold Thurmond

Barns are a fascinating and picturesque element of the American farm.  Big or little, painted or rustic,
neat or ramshackle, the barn appeals to all.  A newborn calf suckling its mother's teat; yard
chickens and guineas scratching for seeds under the hay manger; barn swallows building a mud nest; a
calico cat watching for a mouse; grandchildren building tunnels in the hayloft; teenagers in a
free-for-all corncob fight; daydreaming and napping in the hay as rain pounds the tin roof; tractor
seats bobbing up and down over imaginary fields; hard earned hay and corn sheltered from the rain and
snow.  Old or new, the barn touches us where we live.  As you view these pages, feed the chickens;
pitch the hay; pet the calf; relive the memories.

The barn in question was the hay, silage and calf barn. If you ever had to clean out the calving stalls in the spring and spread manure, put up the alfalfa, dehorn calves, and feed silage while fighting rats the size of Chihuahuas, you will always know what barn it is. The dairy or milking barn was a concrete block structure left or south of this barn. The tool/shop shed was parallel to the "dairy barn". 

Phil Landers

While looking for a description of this barn at RGNS, I found these comments from Phil to be particularly interesting. RH

Here is another view of the same barn. 


Click here to see our full page
of our Coleman Barn

This is the Thurmond barn.  It was built by the school in 1951 for the Clarence Thurmond family. 

Coming later, a full page about the Thurmond Barns.

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page of the Dickerson barn

This is the Moore barn known by its "face". Recently repaired and painted. Originally owned by Mrs. Bellzora Moore. I believe one of her sons owns it now and lives in the family home. At least 60 years old, probably more. The school farm had acreage to the right rear of this photo that was the farm that I lived on from 1948-1955. I played in this barn as a child and helped store hay in it when older. Mrs. Moore was a quilter and would come to the house and hand sew quilts with mama and Grandma Thurmond and other ladies in the valley. 

From J. H.T.

Dess Oliver's barn and very friendly horses.

Industrial Arts Teacher for three decades, Dess Oliver along with his students, built a train line with a working locomotive, passenger car and caboose.  A beautiful old water tower and depot completed the scene.    He has donated the whole project to the school and it is being assembled adjacent to the Craft Shop in front of the school.

The only thing I can remember about the barn was that Uncle Terry and Dad co-owned a mule named Kate.

Back when I was a kid we did not have a car or truck to ride in. We had to walk over to Uncle Terry's to get Kate to bring her over to the house and plow the garden or fields. You had to walk behind her as NO-ONE could ride her. It was just not going to happen!!! So we weren't over there for "barn time"---like milking etc.

Dennis Dickerson


 Mack Dickerson's Barn

Photos  2002 by Beverly Guthrie Lougher,
 J. Harold Thurmond and Charlie Underwood

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