Monday, June 18, 2012

Barn Charm--Granddaddy Built A Hay Barn


The Magers Hay Barn, built ca. 1930, inherited by daughter Mamie Magers Griffin

Yep. Granddaddy built this four story monster of a barn--back in the 1930s. The story goes that everyone laughed at him. How could he ever pay for such a barn during the Great Depression and what was he going to do with it anyway?

Well, he filled the entire three top floors with hay--stacked it to the top--and in one year his barn was paid off completely. The locals shook their heads in amazement. . .

It truly WAS a grand old barn. I played in and around it many times during the summers of my youth. Guess I took it for granted back then. Once it was torn down circa 1980s, I felt an old friend had been taken from me. I hadn't been around it in years, but there was a comfort in driving down the road and seeing it standing tall--four stories tall.
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24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, so sorry it is gone! wow! it looked beautiful! and must have been a monster!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a fantastic red barn! And I love the story behind it.

Rose said...

Oh, I so love this!!! What a barn...and such a shame it is no longer there.

Bev said...

It is a GRAND barn with a grand story!! What a smart granddaddy you had!!

Bev said...

It is a GRAND barn with a grand story!! What a smart granddaddy you had!!

judi/Gmj said...

wonderful old barn.. Glad you saved the memories!

Amy Burzese said...

A grand barn by your granddaddy. Such a shame that it is gone. I love that car in the left stall. :)

Mari said...

I'm so glad you shared this one. It's just beautiful and I love that it's part of your history. Sorry it's gone now.

Kathy said...

It was definitely a majestic barn and it's nice that you have memories of it.

Pamela Gordon said...

It's a shame that beautiful barn is gone now. I wonder what happened to the vintage car in the side door?

Carol said...

What a beauty! So large...love the red and white. Sad that its gone.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This huge barn is beautiful! Great story behind it, too. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

It was a lovely barn! SO glad you have a photo of it - and very sorry it has been taken down! What a shame!

Beth said...

barn heaven maybe. huge. i love all that is going on. so many doors, windows & openings ... wow!! (:

MarmePurl said...

Wonderful story. Lucky you...a treasured photo and wonderful memories.

Tanya said...

oh what a great old barn....why did they tear it down? i hate that!

Tricia Hays said...

I love hearing the stories behind these old barns & esp one like that... Thank you so much for sharing this beauty & story w/ us!!! =)

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Sigh...just love old barns. It's such a shame when they are torn down.

Linda said...

Wow! This was a beautiful barn....glad you have pics and even though its gone now....your memories will last forever.

Elaine said...

Wonderful barn--your granddaddy was a smart man. Too bad the old dear was torn down, but it lives on in your memory and the photos.

Faye said...

This is a great family story to pass on--that can do attitude post Depression. Am I understanding right? The barn was rebuilt after 1980?

Carletta said...

You can tell it was definitely a beauty in its day. Love that old vintage car parked in there too.
So glad you have the picture and the memories to share with us.

pattisjarrett said...

It's the largest barn I've ever seen, and it's a beauty. He must have been a very wise man.

thecoalminerandme.com said...

What a wonderful old barn. Thank goodness for photographs to help us remember days gone by.

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