April 20, 2010
From the ashes of a barn burning will rise renewed life for an old barn.
"We've been waiting almost six months to get a barn back on the property,” Cheryl Green said. “I'm so excited."
On November 30th, Cheryl and Gerard Green’s barn burned to the ground along with horse stables and 88 large hay bales.
"It was a 100 year old structure,” Cheryl said. “It was a very historic structure for this area."
Needless to say, it made for a rough winter for the horses.
This old barn was given to them by neighbors who haven’t used it in years. It had been used as a dairy barn with hay and grain storage.
"I said, 'well why would you want me to do that?” Cheyl said. “And she said because nobody will take as good care of it as you will."
Barns are part of Kansas’ agricultural history, another reason the Greens are excited about the restoration.
"So many of them are sitting in disrepair and people don't even seem to notice them anymore," Cheryl said.
The barn may be free, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cost several thousand dollars to restore it the way the Greens want it.
"It's going to look like a new barn when we're done," Cheryl said. "We're putting new siding on, new structural beams down the center. It's going on a brand new stem wall, new doors and windows."
The work here is far from over. But with repairs and a lot of care perhaps this barn will stand another century.