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Barn Journeys

Discover the history of our reclaimed barnwood

Some of our favorite things to see when driving along country roads throughout the Midwest are old barns. These beautiful, weathered structures are filled with stories and character that we love to learn about upon each visit. Shop our selection of quality crafted products and impart new life into their stories.

Montfort Barn

Built in 1901

This was the first large barn reclaimed by Lake County Barnwood. It was a dairy barn that was built with pine posts and beams. The top half of the barn was used for storing hay, and cattle were kept on the first floor. The farm is now used to train horses.

It’s About Pine:
The aged pine posts and beams exhibit beautiful character and distressing. You can add character and charm to your home instantly with our beautifully aged pine posts and beams from the Montfort Barn.

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Monroe Barn

Built in 1904

Most of our rusty barn finds came from the Monroe Barn. This barn was used to store hay for animals on the farm. But the best part is that the family also raised Clydesdale horses that pulled carriages for local events. Can you imagine seeing those beautiful stallions galloping around? We wonder what their favorite beer was.

This was the only plank-framed barn dismantled by Lake County Barnwood. All of the other barns that we’ve dismantled were made with post and beam construction. The plank frames were made from oak, which was a wood rarely used to build barns in the Northern Midwest in the early 1900s, since the majority of forests in the region were filled with pine trees.

Fun Fact:
In the early 1900s, there was a timber shortage and many people didn’t have the option to build post and beam barns, so they turned to alternative methods. This was the beginning of the lightweight construction era. Rather than using posts and beams, builders started using dimensional plank framing, which is timber that was already cut to predetermined sizes. It was less expensive and easier to handle.

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Dodgeville Barn

Built in 1905

This dairy barn was also used to store cattle. It is one of two barns dismantled by Lake County Barnwood that was made from oakwood, rather than the more commonly used pinewood. The oak was milled from trees on the property to build the barn. We found an eighteenth century musket rifle buried in a fire pit on the farm. This rifle was used in the Civil War.

Fun Fact:
The barn had quite a unique structure. There wasn’t a post in the basement to support the floor. Instead, the floor was suspended from the roof by 30-foot ceiling beams. Supporting the floor with ceiling beams allowed more space for cattle.

When a barn is crowded with farm animals, they tend to rub against and chew on the floor posts. Over time this gives way to interesting textures and character. And guess what? Lake County Barnwood has a selection of these posts. Visit us today and see how you can incorporate the interesting textures and character from these posts into your home.

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Blanchardville Barn

Built in 1914

This beautiful barn was used for the last 100 years as a milking barn. It was constructed with pine posts and beams.

After decades of wear and tear, this reclaimed barnwood displays a lovely platinum hue. Since the barnwood is made from pine, which is a softwood, the texture is just as beautiful as the color and will complement any room in your home.

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Ridgeway Barn

Built in 1915

This was originally a dairy barn that was constructed with pine posts and beams. In 1950, it was purchased by a family that owned a furniture company. They renovated the barn and used it to store furniture.

Visit us today to see the beautiful reclaimed wood and rustic finds from this barn and get expert help choosing products that will add unforgettable charm to your home.

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