Sunday, January 18, 2009


I do believe this has to be the most wonderful site in all our travels we have taken over the years...

Last Spring on a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania we stopped and took some pictures of a beautiful old barn.

We have traveled this route for 30 years and seen this wonderful piece of architecture and never gotten off the highway to visit it, but after hearing it will be re-located we thought it was time to visit this wonderful beauty.

Over the years it has taken a hit with wood decay and shoddy upkeep and was due to be demolished if someone didn’t come forward to save it.

Fortunately enough funds have been raised and has been purchased and all buildings will be taken apart board by board, stone by stone, numbered and re-assembled in their new location sometime this year.

Here is the video clip of the announcement and new location

Go to this site to read about this beautiful piece of architecture.

On February 29, 2000, the Millport Conservancy and Preservation Pennsylvania joined forces and funds to purchase The Star Barn Complex. The two organizations shared common goals in moving to save this endangered property: to preserve The Star Barn complex as a symbol of the region’s agricultural heritage and to insure its future survival by making it a part of the life of the communities that now surround it.

In December, 2007, Agrarian Country, a non-profit corporation from Middletown, Pennsylvania, assumed ownership of The Star Barn. AND SHE WILL BE SAVED!!!


  1. What a neat barn ! I'm glad that it will be saved ! Have a great Sunday !

  2. Gorgeous barn. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  3. Karen:
    What a wonderful old barn and thanks for someone caring enough to preserve it.
    By growing up in the country, I always loved old buildings and especially old barns. I've always thought that I would love living in an old house. As I grow older, the old structures mean so much to me.. i love collecting pictures of old buildings.
    Thanks for sharing these precious pictures with us.


  4. What a wonderful barn. We were in Lancaster last spring too and then overnight the end of May coming back for Cooperstown, NY. Planning to go back to Lancaster this spring. I used to go up on a bus group with group from church back in the early 80's each fall. I just love that interested in the Amish lifestyle, fabric shopping and outlet shopping. Country side with all the beautiful farms, barns, covered bridges....just love all of it.

  5. What wonderful photos and a wonderful story!
    Thanks for sharing with all of us! In all my travels, I've never seen anything quite like it....


  6. Oh, I just love those photos!!! wonderful...those buildings are remarkable!..that would be wonderful blown up and on my wall!

  7. Hello Karen!....what a charming barn that is and those are great pictures, thank you for sharing! Janet :)

  8. What a great story to know such a precious piece of history will be saved. All over New England and up and down the east cost, old barns are falling into disrepair as farms are sold to developers or farm families can barely feed themselves, never mind keep up old barns. It is so sad to see that happen. Thanks for sharing that good news!!

  9. The Star Barn!!! Thanks, Karen for posting this....Living in PA, it's a reminder to us truly how beautiful this state is....!! Hope you soon come my way, would love to meet you..!

  10. I think that's the most beautiful barn I've ever seen. That's so wonderful that it will be saved along with the other buildings.
    I'd love to see it in person.


  11. Karen, love that barn. And Thanks for sharing the story, I remember you talking about it earlier, maybe on our mutual forum. Anyway, so glad it's going to be saved!
    Hugs, Bren

  12. Barns & covered bridges are my favorite things. This barn is gorgeous. I love it.

  13. What a lovely barn, Karen and s pleased to read it will be saved!
    Our barns here are very different, rather plain and uninteresting, more like a shed.
    Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures.

  14. That is so awesome. I am so glad you got to visit the barn. I just love Americana and when we were living in New England a few years ago I would never get on the interstate to go anywhere. I loved taking the the backroads to soak up the sights and stop and take pics. Thanks for sharing this beautiful barn.

  15. What a gorgeous barn!!!! I absolutely love it!!!! :)

  16. How beautiful!!
    I just love old barns and buildings-I'm so intrigued by them...I'm happy it's being saved! Thanks for sharing the great pics, Karen!

    Have a great day.

  17. Karen,
    What a beautiful barn!! So glad to hear it is being saved.
    In the county next to ours...they have an old barn tour that we want to do when it warms up. All the barns have painted wood quilts hanging on them...40 barns total.
    I just love old barns. Thanks for sharing the star barn with all of us.

  18. Karen,
    beautiful barn! I am so glad it is being saved.I love old barns. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day!

  19. Oh, Karen! I love to see the photos that you have taken! The barn is absolutely wonderful! One of my passions is I love it! And how I love that you let me take a peek into it, when I live so far away and haven't been able to see it! Thank you so much! You made my day!

  20. Oh what beautiful architecture on those barns! They are a work of art among themselves. Isn't it amazing how they can take something like that apart and turn around and put it back together stone by stone and board by board by some ingenious numbering system? I'm so glad the building are going to be preserved for people to enjoy for years to come. You're so lucky to live near such beauty! Thanks for sharing this very interesting post.
    Hugs & blessings~ Birgit

  21. Karen,I have 4 awards for you on my blog.Pleae stop by & pick them up !
    I love the barn,I have seen it many times. I live in Pa.Thank you for sharing .
    Prim Hugs & Blessings,

  22. What a beautiful site! So glad to hear it is going to be saved!

  23. Wow that is gorgeous! I am so glad it will be saved!!!

    I have giving you the Token of Friendship award. I love reading your blog and hope that you will stop by mine and pick it up.

  24. Oh Karen,I'm sorry ! I try to look & see if you are award free & I didn't see one on your site !!I must have missed it !!
    If you don't want them let me know I will remove .
    Prim Hugs & Blessings,

  25. Hi Karen,
    I just love old barns and I was in heaven looking at your pictures. They were great. So glad to hear they will be saved! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Karen ~ Thank you for bring us this story and the pictures of this beautiful barn.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox
    PS ~~ Love the quilt in your banner.

  27. Karen-thanks for the picture and the web. I love love love old barns. I am from Pa and never saw that one but I will say Pa has alot of beautiful ones. The Amish familys and their barns are such a thrill to see. Hope the winter is being kind to you.

  28. What a wonderful "star" barn...I don't think there are any better than that one, thank goodness it is going to be saved. I enjoyed the tour and the beautiful pics.
    Enjoy your day!

  29. I'm so glad that it will be saved! Hurray. There is just nothing like an old building ... you can almost feel the history when you walk its floors. How wonderful that you were able to visit it on its original site!

    Have a lovely day! I'm off to Hobby Lobby to pick up some quilting supplies. Oh happy day!


  30. OH MY!!!!! What a FABULOUS barn!!!
    I can't stop lookin' at it! Thanks so very much for sharin'! :> )

  31. Hello
    Do you design for Primitives by Kathy? It looks like you in the back of my catalog !

  32. That is gorgeous! I love old barns and covered bridges and can't hardly pass by an old barn without a picture! Unfortunately, there aren't that many covered bridges in this area, but I have seen a few in our travels and I think they are just beautiful! I loved this post!


  33. That is neat! What an interesting building. I'm grateful it won't be lost.

  34. Hello Karen, my name is Randy Thomas and I actually lived on that farm in the mid to late 50's. Back then everything was pristine and I spent many hours with my brothers and sisters roaming the farm and playing in that barn's hayloft. Where you see the pond today is not where it orginally was, it use to be behind the house which is now a baseball field. It's always sad to me to see how the current owners of the property have let it run down but it cannot erase my memories of those days! Glad you liked it! :)

    Randy S. Thomas


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