“Barns of Tennessee” is a beautiful 152-page book that features photos submitted by readers of The Tennessee Magazine.
Whether built of stone, log, brick or metal, barns have long been the heart and soul of Tennessee farms. With this collection of photographs comes many heartfelt stories from Tennesseans about their ancestors, families, and barns.
In Barns of Tennessee, authors Caneta Skelley Hankins and Michael Thomas Gavin explore various types of building methods and architectural types, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. They examine the relationship of barns to their traditional agricultural uses as shelters for animals, storage for crops, and work spaces. The final sections provide photographs of barns used for advertisements and comparisons of barns used in past and present incarnations, describe some new and different uses, and mention a few of the options available to owners to help them hold on to their barns. Finally, they take a look at barns whose futures are uncertain and end the tribute to barns with images of a few of those that no longer exist.
Many barns still stand across the countryside, but each year we lose more of these historic structures. Some fall after years of deterioration and neglect, and some are resurrected and restored for future generations, but many more are lost to development. Each has its own story.
A copy of Barns of Tennessee looks great on any coffee table or in any library, and you can have yours for $40 plus shipping and handling.