This Old Barn

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A Penn­syl­va­nia barn finds a home in Kansas.

FIRST AS­SEM­BLED IN BUCKS COUNTY, Penn­syl­va­nia, in the early 1800s, this bank barn has been in the Leather­man fam­ily for 10 gen­er­a­tions.

Over time, the fam­ily used the farm less fre­quently as more fac­to­ries sprang up around the farm­stead. Howard Leather­man of­fered the barn to his son Dean and his wife, Son­dra, for use on their de­vel­op­ing tree farm in Hesston, Kansas. Dean tabled the idea, but af­ter Howard’s death in 1996, he ap­proached the fam­ily about re­lo­cat­ing the barn to their Sha-Na-Kee Farms.

Fam­ily and friends as­sisted with the care­ful de­con­struc­tion of the barn, la­bel­ing the pieces and stack­ing them on semi­trail­ers for trans­port to the Kansas plains. The frame, the orig­i­nal field­stone foun­da­tion and a small cast-iron toy horse em­bed­ded in a piece of the orig­i­nal con­crete floor all made the 1,500-mile trip west.

To­day the for­mer dairy barn has new life, pro­vid­ing a space for both church and so­cial gath­er­ings, as well as stor­age on Dean and Son­dra’s tree farm. PHOTO BY SON­DRA LEATHER­MAN HESSTON, KANSAS

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