This Old Barn
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